Systems and engineering consultancy, Frazer-Nash, is supporting the Nuclear Industry Association and Nuclear Industry Council in setting up the framework for the Project Management Office (PMO) for the Nuclear Sector Deal (NSD).
The NSD sets out an ambitious vision for the nuclear sector, which focusses on ensuring the UK can deliver clean, safe and reliable electricity to consumers from nuclear power, at the least possible cost. The PMO will formalise, monitor and report on the progress of industry and government actions against the commitments of the deal.
Frazer-Nash Nuclear Business Manager, Phil Rogers, said:
“We are looking forward to supporting the setting up of the Project Management Office for the Nuclear Sector Deal, and believe that our long track record of successfully designing bespoke PMOs will enable us to deliver real benefits to the NSD, and through this to the wider industry. Frazer-Nash is committed to supporting the ambitious goals of the NSD and to the long term sustainability of clean nuclear energy.
“The Nuclear Sector Deal is a cornerstone of the government’s commitment to deliver safe and clean low carbon energy. Our support to setting up the PMO framework signals an ambition and willingness of industry to invest in the future of the nuclear industry.”
Dr Tim Stone CBE, Chair of the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), said:
“We are excited to be building the structure for the Nuclear Sector Deal’s project management office with Frazer-Nash – developing the PMO into the beating heart of NSD delivery. The NIA’s role in hosting and coordinating the PMO in the longer term outlines our commitment to supporting our members and wider industry to build a stronger industry for everyone.”
The initial focus of the Nuclear Sector Deal is up to 2030, but there is potential for it to be the foundation for much longer term activities and progress. The ambition is for the nuclear sector to deliver, by 2030:
- A 30% reduction in the cost of new build projects
- Savings of 20% (compared with current estimates) in the cost of decommissioning
- 40% women in nuclear
- Up to £2 billion in domestic and international contract wins.
To support these goals, an NSD programme board and working groups have been set up. The PMO will deliver a central function: coordinating between the working groups, driving progress within industry and government, and helping to build momentum and excite industry as it comes together to deliver the deal’s commitments.
The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) is the trade association and representative voice of Britain’s civil nuclear industry. It represents more than 250 companies including nuclear power station operators, new build developers and vendors, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, supply chain and consultancy companies. Find out more at www.niauk.org.uk or @niauk.
The nuclear industry generates a fifth of all electricity used in the UK, directly employs around 64,000 professionals and has the support of 72% of the public.