In his opening presentation, Mark Sharpe gave a brief overview of OTL, including its relationship with Kurion and French parent company Veolia, which is now able to provide complete solutions in both nuclear facility clean-up and the treatment of low and medium-level radio-active waste.
Within the Veolia Group OTL’s area of expertise lies in the provision of remote handling solutions in hazardous environments and it was to see examples of these capabilities that the NIA visitors made their way to the 1000m2 Abingdon site, where large scale prototypes and mock-ups, including those for nuclear decommissioning sites, are developed and tested.
During the visit, several visitors tried their hand at operating Dexter, OTL’s remote handling unit, before returning to the Abingdon Hotel, for a buffet lunch and an afternoon of excellent presentations, followed by the OTL/NIS Group co-sponsored reception at the NI dinner, all of which were much appreciated by the attendees.
As Peter BERBEN, deputy head Nuclear Liabilities – Radwaste & Decommissioning at ENGIE, Electrabel, commented; “I was impressed to see the number of attendees at the NIA event, with more than 130 people listening to the excellent presentations. I particularly appreciated the focus on Germany, as ENGIE affiliate, Tecnubel, operates in that market, and it was good to exchange views and experiences.”
“In the morning I took the opportunity to visit Oxford Technologies’ Assembly, Integration and Test facility, where I saw its state-of-the-art Master-Slave manipulator and had the opportunity to test and sense its capabilities for myself. I am now looking forward to exploring further business opportunities between our two companies, both in and beyond Germany.”