Agenda and minutes

Venue: This meeting will be a virtual meeting and therefore will not take place in a physical location.

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No. Item

SN 20/44

Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Pat Graham (Chief Executive).


SN 20/45

Declarations of Interest


No Declarations of Interest were made at this meeting.


SN 20/46

Minutes of the Meeting held on 18 February 2021 pdf icon PDF 399 KB


Consideration was given to the Minutes of the meeting held on 18 February 2021.


Councillor Sam Pollen referred to minute SN 20/34 and the funding for the Moorside Clean Energy Hub, where he stated that Government support and money was essential. He asked that EDF’s response agreeing with him be noted.


Councillor Pollen also referred to minute SN 20/38 and asked if any progress had been made, however, as the Chair was not present, he would pick this up later.


Councillor Steven Morgan joined the meeting at this point and asked the Deputy Chair, Councillor Felicity Wilson, to continue in the chair.


A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.


On a vote of 5 For, 0 Against and 1 Abstentions, it was therefore:-


RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 18 February 2021 be agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair as soon as practicable, subject to the comments made by Councillor Pollen being noted.


SN 20/47

UK Small Modular Reactors (SMR)


The Nuclear Sector Development Manager provided the Board with a brief introduction to this item and handed over to Sophie Macfarlane-Smith, who gave her presentation.


The Board were provided with a brief background of Rolls Royce’s involvement in nuclear and their strong nuclear heritage with roots in defence and civil development.


The presentation continued to cover the Rolls Royce SMR which is  a modular build power station, not a nuclear reactor.

The Capital Cost would be under £1.8bn, the typical Levelised Cost Of Electricity of electricity £35-£50 per MWh, a compact site footprint and a 60 year plant lifetime.


The SMR would be a factory built commodity, with a site canopy for a controlled site environment.


The key characteristics of the SMR are

·        C470MWe output

·        3 Loop PWR

·        Standard UO2 fuel

·        4 year assembly and commissioning duration

·        >90% availability factor

·        Enhanced GenIII+ levels of safety and security


90% of the power station would be fabricated across three main factories (Primary plant, Civil modules and Systems modules) and then transported to site by road.


The Engineering, Manufacturing, Assembly (EMA) was then explained in more detail and it was further explained that this greatly reduced any risk.

It was explained that the UK SMR could also be used for powering a range of other decarbonising solutions, such as Desalination, Hydrogen & Synthetic Fuel production, Heating and Cooling.


The Board was advised that the project was currently nearing the end of Phase One (Investability and feasibility, market development). Phase Two covers the Critical Design, verification and validation, Regulatory approval, site development support and securing the first UK orders. Phase Four (2024 onwards) includes the completion of GDA, Design implementation, the first unit to be operational (by 2031) and the UK & export sales growth.


A discussion followed where Members were able to ask questions on the presentation.

The areas covered included, the time of construction, site licenses, the amount of electricity generated, the heat generated, the local supply chain, lead in time for training local people to work on site and the possibility of using the Fellside site at Sellafield.


Copies of the presentation were requested and the Board were advised that the presentation had already been supplied to the Democratic Services Officer and Nuclear Sector Development Manager.


The Chair thanked Sophie for her presentation and it was stated that the Council would be happy to help in any way, if required.


SN 20/48

Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) Siting Update pdf icon PDF 484 KB


The Nuclear Sector Development Manager introduced this item to the Board, and provided a brief update on the siting process which was launched in late 2020 by the UK Atomic Energy Authority.


Since the last Board meeting, the Cumbria LEP in partnership with Copeland Borough Council had nominated the Moorside site into this process.

The UKAEA had since indicated that the nomination had passed the ‘showstopper’ screening exercise, and would now be assessed against Commercial terms, Socio-economic vision, On-site characteristics and Off-site characteristics criteria.


A Memorandum of Understanding would be signed between UKAEA and the nominating authorities, setting out how they would work together throughout the remainder of the site assessment and selection process.


During the discussion that followed, it was recognised that the competition was strong, but the Board was reassured that the influence of partners and lobbying was being used with the bid.


A further update will be provided as appropriate.


A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.


On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-


RESOLVED – that the report be noted.


SN 20/49

The UK Government's approach to identifying a site for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for higher-activity radioactive waste pdf icon PDF 385 KB


The Nuclear Projects Manager introduced this item to the Board and provided an update on the Copeland Working Group.

The three main aims of the group were:

·        Engage with local people to begin to understand their views, based on achieving the twin aims of finding a suitable site and a willing host community,

·        Identify and propose a Search Area (or areas) for further consideration,

·        Recruit initial members for a Community Partnership, which could take the process forward beyond the Working Group.


The work items of the sub-groups would be developed further over the coming weeks and the sub-groups would be reporting back on a regular basis to the Working Group on progress and with recommendations as required.


Further updates would be reported to the Board at future meetings.


During the discussion that followed, Councillor David Moore was asked to clarify his position on the Working Group, which he did, stating the he was not there to make any decisions, but to bring back any recommendations to start Community Partnerships.

The question was also raised as to why the County Council had declined an invitation to join the Working Group at this stage. In reply, it was stated that a letter from the County Council leader had been received stating he believed the process was flawed and that the time for the County Council to be involved was at the Planning application stage.


A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.


On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-


RESOLVED – that the status and progress of the Copeland Working Group be noted.


SN 20/50

Industrial Solutions Hub (ISH) Update


The Nuclear Projects Manager provided a brief verbal summary of the Industrial Solutions Hub and progress to date.


Arrangements were being made for the new programme manager, John Maddison, to attend a future Board meeting.


There were two aspects to the ISH project,

·        Establishing the Organisation and

·        Campus activities.


Discussions regarding establishing the organisation continue and also looking at Branding and Identity issues.


With regard the Campus activity, the Property team have been engagement with existing tenants and working up a master plan for the site.


RESOLVED – that the update be noted.



SN 20/51

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Update pdf icon PDF 388 KB


The Nuclear Sector Development Manager introduced this item to the Board, which covered the publication of the Holliday Report; Strategy 4 Update; One NDA Update; NDA Sustainability Report and Net Zero; New Sellafield Ltd Chair; New LLWR CEO and Magnox Reactor Decommissioning Strategy.


The Board was advised that the NDA had been invited to attend the next Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board meeting.


Councillor Pollen thanked the Nuclear Sector Development Manager for the update and would welcome the opportunity to ask the NDA at the next meeting about their commitment to provide prosperity to the local communities.


The Board was advised that Hazel Blears would also be attending the next meeting on 24 June 2021 at 2pm.

A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.


On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-


RESOLVED – that the report be noted


SN 20/52

Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board Forward Plan Update


The Nuclear Sector Development Manager shared an updated Forward Plan with the Board, which included topics that will probably be coming to the Board in the future.


SN 20/53

Exempt Information

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.


Consideration was given to a motion proposing that the remainder of the meeting be held in private.


A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.


On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-



SN 20/54

Planning Update


The Principal Planning Officer provided the Board with an update of developments at Sellafield Limited.


RESOLVED:- That the Update be noted.


SN 20/55

Date and Time of Next Meeting


The next meeting of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board will be held on Thursday 24 June 2021 at 2:00pm in The Atrium, The Copeland Centre.






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