Panel 1: Making Nuclear Cost Competitive: An Investment Case for Nuclear


Sylvia Pfeifer, Energy Correspondent, Financial Times


Lin Boqiang, Dean, China Institute for Studies in Energy Policy, Xiamen University; Vice Chairman, China Energy Society;

Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, Managing Director, Nuclear Development, EDF;

Robert Davies, Chief Operating Officer, CGN UK (China General Nuclear);

Yang Hanxin, Chief Scientist, Ocean Nuclear;

Angus McCrone, Chief Editor, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Sylvia Pfeifer:

This panel will focus on whether nuclear can be costcompetitive. It has been expertly timed given that at the beginning of the week the UK government announced a reversal of policy by saying it would consider taking a direct stake in a potential new nuclear plant in Wales, which is a very different approach to the one they took for Hinkley Point in Somerset a few years ago. Yesterday, there was also the first nuclear chain reaction at the Taishan EPR in ... More

Panel 2: Preparing Nuclear for the New Energy Era: Addressing the Skills and Supply Chain Challenges


Elaine Moore Lex Deputy Editor ,Financial Times


Tom Greatrex, Nuclear Industry Association

Professor Stephen Pollock (Viscount Hanworth), Member of EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee, House of Lords

The future of the nuclear industry is one of our major concerns. Some of us have been participating in the debate on the Nuclear Safeguards Bill. The Nuclear Safeguards Bill proposes that Britain withdraw from the European Atomic Energy Community (commonly known as Euratom), which is the result of the UK's Brexit agenda. The European Atomic Energy Alliance is regulated by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is an affiliated organization belonging to the United Nations. It indirectly mediates our relations with third countries. When leaving the European Atomic Energy Alliance, we will have to establish a nuclear treaty with each country individually. Even if it is necessary for the United Kingdom to cut off its ties with the European Atomic Energy Coalition, there is still controversy. Withdrawing from the European Atomic Energy Alliance, the function of nuclear safeguards will be borne by the ONR – Nuclear Regulatory Authority, the British nuclear regulatory agency. ONR will be established before March 2019. Only in this way can we obtain the supply of nuclear material, and guarantee it. The consequence of our withdrawal from Eurovision is that we need to establish an independent agreement with the parties concerned... More

Panel 3 : Unlocking Finance for New Nuclear


Elaine Moore, Lex Deputy Editor, Financial Times


Nasser Al Nasseri, CEO, Barakah One Company;

Chief Financial Officer, ENEC;

Carol Gould, Managing Director, MUFG Bank;

Alistair Ray, Chief Investment Officer, Dalmore Capital;

Vincent Zabielski, Senior Lawyer, Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw and Pittman;

Xinye Zheng, Associate Dean, School of Economics and Chair, Energy Economics Department, Renmin University of China

Nasser Al Nasseri:

It is highly bespoke. You cannot have a ‘one size fits all’ solution. You need to customise it to suit your financial needs for a nuclear project. One of the important elements of financing a nuclear project is having support from the government. Without government support, it is nearly impossible to finance a project. Having an economically feasible project will ensure that you have the right stakeholders in that project... More

Panel 4: Potential and Prospects for Small Modular Reactors: Can the UK Take a Lead?


Sylvia Pfeifer, Energy Correspondent, Financial Times


Paul Dorfman, Senior Research Fellow, Energy Institute, University College London;

Simon Irish, CEO, Terrestrial Energy;

Ian Scott, CEO, Moltex Energy;

Alan Woods, Director Strategy and Business Development, Nuclear, Rolls-Royce

Alan Woods joined RollsRoyce on the graduate training programme in 1998, and has covered multiple sectors since. Ian Scott is President of Moltex Energy, which focuses on molten salt fuel for reactors. Simon Irish is Chief Executive of Terrestrial Energy, which is developing its own SMR, which also uses molten salt fuel instead of conventional solid fuel. Paul Dorfman, among other things, is a board member of the International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group.... More