Hinkley Point C - Progress and Challenges, Cardiff

29 September, 2015 | 17:30 - 19:30

Hinkley Point, the newest nuclear plant in the UK
Hinkley Point, the newest nuclear plant in the UK

About this event

This evening lecture is jointly organised by ICE Wales Cymru, IMechE, EI and IET.

Nigel Knee, Head of Nuclear Policy EDF Energy will give the presentation.

Nigel will explain the need for new low carbon generation in the UK, and where nuclear power fits in. With safety at the very heart of the design, he will outline the progress made to date on this landmark project. The talk will also consider the opportunities presented by the revival of nuclear power in the UK, and some of the technical challenges associated with planning a project that has an expected operational life of at least 60 years.

Nigel Knee, Head of Nuclear Policy EDF Energy

Nigel Knee
Nigel Knee

Nigel Knee is responsible for nuclear policy within the corporate policy and regulation function. EDF Energy operates eight nuclear power stations in the UK and is planning the construction of four new nuclear reactors.

The operational fleet is capable of providing around one sixth of the country's electricity needs, and the new reactors could fulfil the electricity needs of 10 million homes. He was part of the team that prepared the planning application for Hinkley Point C, a major new nuclear power station proposed for the Hinkley Point site on the Somerset coast.

Nigel trained as a metallurgist at Cambridge University, has a doctorate for mechanical engineering research from the University of Bristol, and is a chartered engineer. He has over 30 years' experience in the power industry, starting out in engineering and research for the Central Electricity Generating Board.

He has also worked on safety assessment, research programme management and diverse commercial issues including the privatisation of British Energy, electricity trading strategy, business planning, market regulation, business development and external affairs.

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