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Dave Barker, CEO – Aquila, appointed Chairman of NDA SME Steering Group

aquila, May 16, 2017


Dave Barker, CEO of Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd, part of the Calder Group, the £165m pan-European engineering group, has recently been appointed Chairman of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Estate SME Steering Group – Southern Region.

The group provides a forum for strategic engagement between the NDA, the Site Licence Companies (SLCs), Tier 2 suppliers and SMEs representing the supply chain, and feeds into the National SME Steering Group to promote shared learning, best practice and coordination.

Appointed for a period of 3 years, Dave Barker will chair the group to focus on topics relating to improving the attractiveness and the health of the market, supporting the portfolio of NDA sites with a particular focus on the SME community.

As an advocate for SMEs, the group will provide a direct communication route between representatives of the SME supply chain and the NDA, connecting up all levels of the supply chain, acting as a sounding board and identifying areas for improvement.

With over 35 years’ industry experience, Dave’s expertise cover a strategic, technical and commercial portfolio, providing hands-on solutions to mission critical engineering.

Dave Barker, CEO of Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd, said:

“I’m honoured to have been voted Chairman of the steering group and I believe the mix of companies represented will work well with the Site Licence Companies in helping to improve performance and increasing the percentage of business flowing into the supply chain at the SME level. There are great opportunities for SMEs in the South, not just within the NDA estate, but also at AWE and EDF, so we have a lot to go for.”


Dave Barker CEO Aquila

First Sellafield fuel pond sludge encapsulated

aquila, February 21, 2017


Drums of radioactive sludge from Sellafield’s Pile Fuel Storage Pond (PFSP) – the world’s oldest nuclear storage pond – have been processed in the site’s encapsulation plant for the first time. The waste is now ready for long-term disposal.

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Going nuclear in South Australia?

aquila, November 18, 2016


The South Australian government supports continued investigation as to whether a used nuclear fuel disposal facility should be established. The only path forward they say is the restoration of bipartisanship and broad social consent, secured through a state-wide referendum. Edward de la Billiere looks at the latest developments in the debate. Read more…


China, UK unveil new R&D centre

aquila, November 10, 2016


China and the UK yesterday signed a Heads of Terms Agreement and held an unveiling ceremony for their Joint Research and Innovation Centre (JRIC) to be opened soon in Manchester, England. The event is the latest milestone since the JRIC was first announced during former Chancellor George Osborne’s visit to Beijing in September 2015. Read more…


UK launches nuclear innovation program

aquila, November 7, 2016


The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced its commitment of £20 million ($25 million) for an initial phase of a new nuclear research and innovation program. This covers five major themes: advanced fuels; materials and manufacture; reactor design; advanced recycling; and strategic toolkit. Read more…


IAEA launches updated toolkit for nuclear contracts

aquila, October 31, 2016


A new online Nuclear Contracting Toolkit has been launched by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to help member states plan and implement procurement and contracting processes for their nuclear power projects. Read more…


Dungeness decommissioning goes underwater

aquila, October 25, 2016


Divers are carrying out underwater work in the former cooling ponds at the Dungeness A nuclear power plant in a first for UK nuclear decommissioning. Magnox intends to roll out the technique, which brings safety and environmental benefits, to other decommissioning sites. Read more…


‘Sufficient progress’ made by AWE, says waste management investigators

aquila, October 12, 2016


The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) have today confirmed that Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) have “made sufficient progress” in dealing with its radioactive waste. Read more…