Agenda and minutes
Venue: Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven. CA28 7SJ
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Appointment of Chair
It was proposed by Councillor Sam Pollen duly seconded and
RESOLVED – That Councillor Steven Morgan be appointed Chair of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board for the Municipal Year 2019/2020.
Apologies for Absence
There were no apologies for absence.
Declarations of Interest
Councillor Sam Pollen declared a personal interest in the agenda items due to being employed by Sellafield Limited.
Dave Banks declared a personal interest in the agenda items due to being employed by Sellafield Limited.
Felicity Wilson declared a personal interest in the agenda items due to being in receipt of a pension from the nuclear industry.
Steven Morgan declared a personal interest in the agenda items due to having worked in the nuclear industry.
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 4 June 2019 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.
Sue Lawson and Kelly Anderson (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) introduced their Mission Progress Report which outlined the progress made against the NDA’s Strategy. The Mission Progress Report was published in July 2019 and the next step, which runs to September 2019, was to engage with stakeholders.
During the discussion that followed, members welcomed the report and made a number of recommendations that in their view would improve it further.
· A yearly refresh - in line with the annual business plan.
· The inclusion of more site specific information, particularly Sellafield.
· More detail on each building within the Sellafield site.
· Inclusion of MoD nuclear material.
· A plan for the Sellafield site, as areas within it become vacant.
· The inclusion of a section on socio-economics.
Members were advised that any further comments could be made to the Nuclear Sector Development Manager.
Sue Lawson and Kelly Anderson were thanked for their attendance and presentation.
a) The NDA’s Mission Progress Report presentation be received, and
b) Comments made by Members be noted.
Members were reminded that since 2015, the Council had maintained a suite of Nuclear Position Statements.
At the last meeting held on 4 June 2019, members of this Board were asked to provide comment on the draft position statements.
Following receipt of comments, updated draft statements were circulated to members.
During discussion of this item, a request was made that a further meeting of this Board be held to consider the draft Nuclear Position Statements, before making a recommendation to Executive.
RESOLVED:- that a further meeting of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board be arranged to consider the draft Nuclear Position Statements, before making a recommendation to Executive.
Nuclear Sector Deal
Members were advised that a paper was presented to the Board in December 2018 outlining the potential opportunities for Copeland presented by the Nuclear Sector Deal, which was an agreement between government and industry on sector-specific issues. This set out how the nuclear sector would contribute to delivering the UK industrial strategy and contribute to the UK’s low carbon energy future.
A governance structure has been put in place to deliver the sector deal, based around 5 working groups:
· Legacy Cost Reduction – Waste Management and R&D subgroups
· New Build Cost Reduction
· Winning UK Business (domestic and international)
· People/Skills – NSSG
· Innovation and R&D – Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board
On the basis of the recommendation made by the board in December, contact had been made with the leads of these groups. As this Sector Deal is shaping the way the sector works, and as we develop our understanding it is intended to bring further updates to the Board for information.
Members were also advised that this update tied into a number of previous papers presented to the board:
National Decommissioning & Waste Management Pipeline
Led by the Legacy Cost Reduction group, the pipeline was published earlier this year and set out in one place the opportunities to deliver better value for money through innovations and collaboration, and to develop the sector’s ability to leverage its world leading capabilities in decommissioning and waste management to drive exports.
Sellafield Ltd and LLWR Ltd have been heavily involved in this piece of work
Industrial Challenge Funding for UK SMR project
£18m of funding has been awarded to the UK SMR consortium, which includes National Nuclear Laboratories. We would continue to work with NNL, the supply chain, BECBC and the Cumbria LEP to ensure that Copeland was recognised as the go-to place for supply chain support and deployment.
Delay to BEIS AMR Competition Phase 2 announcement
Members may recall a paper presented to the Board in Feb 2019 on the BEIS Advanced Modular Reactor competition.
Government was due to commit to circa £40m investment in 3 or 4 technology vendors to take technology towards commercial deployment (likely early 2030s onwards). An announcement was expected in early June, but this was delayed.
Copeland will continue to maintain awareness and engage through a “Team Cumbria” approach, reporting any updates to the board.
Cumbria LEP Nuclear Sector Panel update
Members would be aware that under the LEP’s new governance structure, a nuclear sector panel had been established. This has met twice so far, and at the last meeting had an update on developments from the Sector Deal working groups. This presentation could be made available to members of the Board on request.
The panel was developing a sector growth plan, which would set out how Cumbria would contribute to delivery of the Local Industrial Strategy, Sector Deal and UK Industrial Strategy and hence stimulate local growth.
Nuclear Prospectus Progress
A paper presented to this Board in June 2019, regarding the development of a Nuclear ... view the full minutes text for item SN 19/17
The Nuclear Programmes and Projects Manager provided the Board with a brief history and overview of the Moorside Project.
Members were advised of a Government consultation that launched in July 2019 which was seeking views on their proposals for a Regulated Asset Base funding model for new nuclear projects and stakeholders views on its high level design principles.
Members requested further details on the implications before any agreement on the consultation response could be made and asked that this be brought back to the Board at a future meeting.
The Board was also updated on the Geological Disposal Infrastructure Siting process.
As part of the continuing awareness programme further Member briefings were being arranged, including the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM).
a) The current position in relation to the Moorside Project be noted,
b) Further details regarding the Regulated Asset Base funding model be sought and referred back to the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board,
c) The publication by the Government of the National Policy Statement for a Geological Disposal Facility be noted, and
d) Member awareness briefings continue.
The Chair to move:
That under Section 100 (a) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item on the grounds that, if they were present, there could be disclosed to them exempt information as defined in the relevant paragraphs of Schedule 12A of the Act.
RESOLVED – that the press and public be excluded for the remaining items of business in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.
The Principal Planning Officer provided the Board with an update of developments at Sellafield Limited.
(Note: Councillor Felicity Wilson left the meeting during this item at 3:45pm)
RESOLVED:- That the Update be noted.
Date and Time of Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board will be held on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 2:00pm (venue to be confirmed).
The next meeting of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board will be held on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 2:00pm, in the Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Whitehaven.