4 September 2018
In continuation of our support for Cumbria's West Coast, WYG sponsored the second Cumbria Nuclear Conference in Carlisle on 21st September. Local MP John Stevenson hosted the event at the Carlisle Racecourse, where WYG CEO Douglas McCormick spoke to industry stakeholders about the need for collaboration.
This year’s theme was ‘One Voice,’ simultaneously calling on Cumbria’s industry members to band together and for external stakeholders (including government) to invest in the region’s nuclear capabilities. It addresd this through the following sub-themes:
In his speech, Douglas promoted ways to strengthen business collaboration on large and complex infrastructure projects by embracing shared risk and reward principles. To highlight this, he shared WYG’s own collaborative efforts, including our involvement in the Cumbria Nuclear Solutions Limited partnership, which celebrated its 10th successful year of safe decommissioning last year. The partnership has also been shortlisted within the Collaboration category at the BECBC Business Awards 2018.
Following the first event's success in 2016, the conference has brought together Cumbria’s nuclear stakeholders from across the sector. With our 30 years’ worth of local knowledge and experience in managing nuclear energy projects, we recognise this event as an invaluable opportunity to discuss positive industry change. We are proud of the substantial long-term relationships we have formed with members of the nuclear industry at all levels, whilst exporting our technical expertise nationally and abroad.
MP John Stevenson said: “Cumbria has been home to the nuclear industry for sixty years. The conference is a celebration of the county’s nuclear industry and Cumbria’s role as a world leader in nuclear. [It] is an opportunity to promote that success…[and] will also provide an opportunity for voices in the nuclear supply chain to be heard. It is vital that as a county, Cumbria capitalises on the opportunities available. I believe it has the will and the ability to do so.”
Three warm-up events were held in preparation for the conference. Just recently, we sponsored one in Rheged, where renowned carbon footprinting expert Mike Berners-Lee called on the nuclear sector to take on a greater role in fighting climate change.