SMR 2017

27 February 2017

08:00 - 18:00

One Great George Street, London SW1

Organisers: Nuclear Industry Association
Tel: +44 (0)20 7766 6640


The Government is due to publish the findings from the Phase One competition and release its roadmap for development of Small Modular Reactors (SMR).  Join us to hear from the Government and industry insiders about the programme to make sure you are up to date on the latest developments.

Download a copy of the conference brochure


9:00 Welcome 

Clemency Burton-Hill will open the conference and outline the format for the day

9:05 NIA update  

Lord John Hutton, Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association will provide a brief overview of the work the NIA has been doing on SMRs

9:15 Government update 

Tom Wintle, Deputy Director: SMRs, Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will provide an update on where Government is with its SMR programme

9:30 Creating value: UK potential

Charles Potter, Director Reactor Operations Support at the National Nuclear Laboratory, will provide a big picture view on the why the UK is ideally placed to add value to an SMR programme

9:55 Wales: the regional benefits of SMRs

Dr John Idris Jones will discuss the benefits an SMR programme can bring to Wales, and what the Welsh Government and nuclear industry is doing to support this, with a specific focus on the area around Trawsfynydd

10:20 SMRs and Industrial Strategy 

This panel session will discuss the role SMRs can play in the recently published Industrial Strategy, with specific focus on the regional benefits, public perception, research and development, and the potential for decarbonisation of heat and power

  • Tom Greatrex, Nuclear Industry Association       
  • Mike Middleton, Energy Technology Institute
  • Liz Saville-Roberts MP, Member of Parliament for Dwyfor Meirionnydd
  • Stephen Tindale, Weinberg Next Nuclear


11:20 Techno Economic Assessment: What should we expect?

Key industry leads from the Techno Economic Assessment will provide their insight on what the findings of this report mean for a future SMR programme, and how this can tie into the nuclear sector deal as part of the Industrial Strategy

  • Chris Lewis, EY
  • Richard Beake, Atkins

11:40 Supply Chain: What SMRs mean for UK companies?

The UK nuclear supply chain has the opportunity to benefit hugely from a UK SMR programme and panellists will focus on where the UK can most benefit and what the opportunities could be

  • Mike Tynan, Nuclear AMRC
  • Nick Gaines, Ultra Electronics
  • Adrian Peckitt, Nuvia

12:10 Financing SMRs: Alternative options

Members of the finance community will assess the viability of SMRs within the UK market and discuss where alternative funding sources will come from to secure the funding required for SMR deployment

  • Fiona Reilly, Atlantic Superconnection LLP
  • Anurag Gupta, KPMG LLP
  • Gareth Price, Allan & Overy LLP

12:40 LUNCH 

14:00 SMRs: How do we create a successful programme?

The UK is looking at embarking on a SMR programme, but is there a market, what are the challenges, what are the benefits, what are the key objectives and are they cost competitive with other technologies?

  • Malcolm Grimston, Imperial College London
  • Tony Roulstone, University of Cambridge
  • Gordon Bryan, NIRO

14:30 Gen III+: Developing PWR and LWR designs as SMRs

A discussion with the four SMR vendors, on how PWR and LWR reactor designs can be developed  as small modular reactors, exploring the merits of this technology and the benefits they can bring to the UK economy

  • Tom Mundy, NuScale
  • Simon Marshall, Westinghouse UK
  • Harry Holt, Rolls-Royce
  • Mr Jiang Hong, CNNC

15:15 Gen IV: What are the next generation of reactors?

The panel will discuss Generation IV reactors, the benefits of their design and the contribution they can bring to the UK economy

  • Louis Plowden-Wardlaw, Terrestrial Energy Inc
  • Ian Scott, Moltex Energy
  • Stephen Threlfall, U-Battery
  • David Powell, GE Hitachi (PRISM)

15:50 International perspective: Licensing and regulatory challenges

The session will explore the licensing and regulatory challenges on an international scale, looking at whether standardisation of licensing and the harmonisation of regulation would be an advantageous way forward for a modular standardised design

  • Vanessa Jakovich, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Kristiina Soderholm, Fortum
  • Jeff Navin, Boundary Stone Partners
  • Ted Nordhaus, Breakthrough Institute

16:30 – 18:00 Networking reception

The day will end with a networking reception in the exhibition space


Sponsors and exhibitors

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

rolls_logo nnl_logowelsh_gov_rgb


nuvia_logo U-Battery

Conference Host – Clemency Burton-Hill

Clemency B-H

The day will be facilitated by Clemency Burton-Hill. Clemency is a leading British broadcaster on televison, radio & online and an acclaimed journalist and novelist. Her area of primary expertise is the arts, but her interests range far beyond and she has covered everything from women’s rights in the developing world to cutting edge research in artificial intelligence. As a journalist and reporter, Clemency has sent dispatches from all over Europe, the Middle East, USA, Venezuela, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa and Madagascar.

For more information on the conference contact