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Cavendish Nuclear presents at Canada UK nuclear summit

05 March 2020

Val Drake, Cavendish Nuclear’s Waste Strategy Director, took part in a panel at the Canada UK Nuclear Energy Summit on 4 March, which was attended by over 100 delegates from the UK and Canadian governments, regulators, utilities and industries.

As part of the panel, Val discussed the key lessons learned from her experience in developing a simplified and standardised waste strategy across 12 UK nuclear sites, which has led to significant cost savings in the UK and the principles of which can be transferred to the benefit of the Canadian nuclear industry.

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Val Drake taking part in the waste and decommissioning panel (third from right)

She specifically highlighted the importance of simplicity of process and the early acknowledgement of the need for process change to move from an ‘operational’ to ‘decommissioning mind set’ to allow effective implementation.

Val said:

“This event provided a fantastic opportunity to share experience and discuss the challenges faced both in UK and Canada.”

Justin Hannah, Cavendish Nuclear’s Business Development Director, based in Toronto said:

“Cavendish Nuclear is committed to expanding its international in-country capabilities to build a sustainable future through nuclear clean energy and this event provided a good opportunity to discuss and engage on the shared challenges and opportunities and how businesses can work collaboratively to deliver best value for the industry, both in Canada and the UK.”


Notes to Editors

Cavendish Nuclear
Cavendish Nuclear, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group, is a leading nuclear services company.

From servicing existing nuclear power plants and decommissioning some of the most complex nuclear sites in the world, to helping to keep the UK’s fleet of nuclear powered submarines at sea, our people innovate to deliver nuclear services safer, faster, at lower cost.

Cavendish Nuclear at a glance:

  • Access to 5,000 nuclear SQEP personnel
  • 60+ years of industry heritage
  • Licensed to operate nuclear sites
  • Strategic partner supporting nuclear companies in the lifetime extensions of their fleet
  • Supporting delivery of the UK’s first new nuclear power station in a generation
  • Delivery of large-scale engineering projects at Sellafield and across the UK nuclear estate

We deliver across all aspects of the nuclear energy life-cycle; from design, manufacture and construction, through operations and maintenance, to decommissioning, waste management and remediation.

Babcock Canada
Cavendish Nuclear operates in Canada as a business unit of Babcock Canada.

In the Marine sector, in Canada and around the world, our teams safely and efficiently support complex and critical assets on a large scale. We ensure our customers benefit from increased asset availability, improved efficiency and significantly reduced operating costs.

Our Canadian team is proud to be trusted to deliver key naval in-service support for the Royal Canadian Navy. Since 2008, we have been providing platform design, integration, configuration, management services, and maintenance and waterfront support, ensuring complete lifecycle engineering support for Canada’s fleet of Victoria Class submarines.

In the Aviation sector, we ensure that the aircrew trainees of our partner nations receive the world’s best flying training. We have over 1,300 pilots within Babcock, and work with air forces, navies and armies throughout Europe to deliver world-class technical instruction across multiple locations and aircraft types. Our expertise in each and all the associated support elements ensures the training programme is working as one.

We also deliver vital aerial emergency services around the world. Whether it is fighting forest fires in Portugal, Italy or Canada, or operating emergency fleets of medical helicopters for the Italian or Norwegian governments, Babcock is an essential partner in complex and critical operations around the world.