Almost 50 Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) members travelled down to Abingdon in Oxfordshire in July for a special meeting of the Decommissioning and Waste Sector Group. During the meeting, members and a number of BECBC visitors, learnt about the capabilities of Oxford Technologies including its involvement in a major project at Dounreay in northern Scotland. There was an excellent presentation on ITER, an international project to design and build an experimental fusion reactor, including opportunities for members. Additional updates included the latest news and opportunities from the NDA, LLWR, Sellafield Ltd and Magnox. Highlight of the day was a showcase tour of the Oxford Technologies facilities where people had an opportunity to meet “Dexter”, the company’s latest remote access system, and a chance to network with other organisations interested in working on Britain’s Energy Coast.
Mark Sharpe, commented; “From Oxford Technologies perspective, membership of BECBC has proved itself to be invaluable in developing the network and relationships associated with the nuclear decommissioning sector in West Cumbria. We have been delighted to be able to welcome so many of its members to our Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) facility, and not only share our passion for the work we are performing but also see the enthusiasm with which our guests tested our Remote Handling technology for themselves.”
Ivan Baldwin of Bendalls Engineering and a member of the BECBC Board was one of those who took part in the visit: “The team at Oxford Technologies had put together a fascinating visit that really showed off how cross-sector knowledge sharing from fusion R&D into nuclear decommissioning can lead to applications and innovation in our sector. As a group, we represented a great mix of manufacturers, designers, consultants and suppliers and demonstrated the reach and activity of BECBC members well beyond the Cluster’s geographical roots.”