As the world’s population grows, coupled with the inextricable link between electrification and quality of life, electricity is needed globally, to support existing and future needs. If the nations of the world are to meet their climate change commitments, the provision of electricity must be done in a manner that supports a ‘clean growth’ agenda, as the world becomes more dependent on stable electricity. Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Advanced Reactors (ARs) are uniquely positioned to meet current and future needs of advanced society.

Your Panel of Industry Speakers:

Paul Murphy, Managing Director, Murphy Energy & Infrastructure Consulting, LLC
Dr Victor Nian, Senior Researcher Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore
Dr Bin Chen, Senior Project Manager, International Marketing & Programme Management, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC)
Glenn R George, Partner, Bates White
Edward Kee, CEO, Nuclear Economics Consulting Group (NECG)
Vaclav Bartuska, Special Envoy for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
Helen Cook, Principal, GNE Advisory
Dr J Kumar, Head, Nuclear Law Division, Legal Adviser, Government of India


SMR/AR development will be driven by the need for electrification to support development, climate change and clean energy policies, and innovative applications as well as the lower aggregate cost of the units, which will make such technology more accessible to a wider group of nations. Given their size and operating features, SMRs and ARs are also suitable for remote regions and specific applications, such as mining and desalination.

The focus of this industry dialogue is to assess the economics and suitability of SMRs/ARs across a variety of applications, taking into consideration the development hurdles that such technologies face:
  • Application: baseload/grid power
  • Application: remote communities
  • Application: mining
  • Application: desalination
  • Application: hydrogen economy
  • Application: district heating
  • Application: "inside the fence" operations (e.g. critical infrastructure, data centers, etc)
  • Application: civilian naval propulsion
Some questions that need addressing are:
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for the emerging SMR/AR industry?
  • Which global markets offer the best opportunities for a conducive investment climate in new nuclear energy projects and are favourable to SMRs/ARs as an alternative to the larger and more expensive NPPs?
  • How will SMRs/ARs be regulated and licensed? Will the cost of certifying the safety of an SMR/AR be prohibitive to potential buyers and will this be a barrier to enter new markets that would otherwise have considered SMRs/ARs as a viable option?
  • How canSMRs/ARs be used to disrupt the energy industry with innovative technology that can be applied beyond the energy industry?
  • WillSMRs/ARs provide safe, reliable and affordable low carbon electricity?
  • What new deployment models can be used to reduce the cost and schedule for both the programme and individual projects?
  • How can financing structures take advantage of the unique qualities of SMRs and ARs
The opportunities for SMRs across the globe are tremendous. National Nuclear Laboratory’s feasibility study estimated a global market demand of up to £400billion for energy that cannot, in all circumstances, be met by large scale nuclear reactors and so presents an opportunity for SMRs.

A World Nuclear Association 2015 report onSMR standardisation of licensing and harmonisation of regulatory requirements, said that the enormous potential ofSMRs rests on a number of factors:
  • Because of their small size and modularity,SMRs could almost be completely built in a controlled factory setting and installed module by module, improving the level of construction quality and efficieny
  • Their small size and passive safety features lend them to countries with smaller grids and less experience of nuclear power
  • Size, construction efficiency and passive safety systems (requiring less redundancy) can lead to easier financing compared to that for larger plants
  • Moreover, achieving ‘economies of series production’ for a specific SMR design will reduce costs further
Join us at Applications for SMRs and Advanced Reactors to promote clean growth and get the latest updates on SMRs/ARs versatile applications.

This event will be structured to take a comprehensive look at each of the applications in separately structured sessions, with the goal of bringing together a variety of stakeholders to examine each issue. The dialogue will be about the “why” and the “how” of these applications, so that conference attendees will gain a greater appreciation of the deployment strategies to be employed for each application, with a results-oriented focus.

Programme Agenda

Day 1 | Tuesday, 14th January 2020
08:00 Registration & Morning Coffee / Breakfast
09:00 Chairman’s Welcome Address
Paul Murphy, Managing Director, Murphy Energy & Infrastructure Consulting, LLC
09:15 Opening Address
Assessment of Global Market for SMRs/ARs           
Clean Energy Dynamics & Population Growth
10:30 Networking Morning Coffee / Exhibition Viewing
10:45 Challenges for SMR/AR Deployments (FOAK, regulatory, IAEA Milestones, etc.)

Outlook of advanced SMRs in China
  • Technical evolution on SMRs
  • Deployment of SMRs
  • Potential and challenges
  • Role for the future energy portfolio
Dr Bin Chen, Senior Project Manager, International Marketing & Programme Management, China National Nuclear Corporation

SMR/AR economics: Can SMRs/ARs compete in today’s energy markets
  • Monetising political, economic and regulatory benefits of zero carbon emissions
  • Overcoming diseconomies of scale. What would it take?
  • Potential advantages in licensing, siting and permiting
  • Series production in a factory setting: When does First-of-a-Kind become Nth-of-a-Kind?
  • Effect on borrowing costs due to shorter construction cycle
  • Value in specialty applications (remote locations, process steam etc)
Glenn R George, Partner, Bates White

Indian nuclear business scenario – Innovation and the road map ahead
  • India’s current energy mix scenario and the role nuclear power plays in it
  • Growth projections and international civil nuclear cooperation
  • SMR and Advanced Reactor applications and deployment
  • Obstacles to effective implementation
  • Emerging outlook and the road ahead
Dr J Kumar, Head, Nuclear Law Division, Legal Adviser, Government of India
12:45 Networking Lunch [Guest Speaker from newcomer country interested in SMRs]
02:00 Application: Baseload / Grid Power          
Application: Remote Communities
03:30 Networking Afternoon Tea / Exhibition Viewing
04:00 Application: Mining
Application: District Heating
06:00 Networking Evening Drinks Reception
Day 2 | Wednesday, 15th January 2020
08:00 Morning Coffee / Breakfast
09:00 Chairman’s Address
09:15 How do SMRs/ARs create new financing opportunities?

SMRs from the perspective of (possible) buyers
  • What qualities are buyers looking for when deciding on new build nuclear power?
  • Pros and cons of SMRs from the buyers perspective
Vaclav Bartuska, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic

The economic benefits of flexible energy production by small modular reactors
  • Economic feasibility of load-following energy production by small modular reactors
  • Economic feasibility of integrating battery energy storage system and hydrogen production
  • Commercial feasibility through integrated energy system planning
  • Case studies for KLT-405 and HTR-PM
  • Future prospects of SMRs through economies of repeat project implementation
Dr Victor Nian, Senior Researcher Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore
10:30 Networking Morning Coffee / Exhibition Viewing
10:45 Water Scarcity Challenges
Application: Desalination
12:45 Networking Lunch [Guest Speaker from newcomer country interested in SMRs]
02:00 Application: Hydrogen Economy
Application: "Inside the Fence" Operations (critical infrastructure, data centers, etc.)
03:30 Networking Afternoon / Exhibition Viewing
04:00 Application: Civilian Naval Propulsion / Wrap-up Session
05:00 Close of Forum

About the Speakers:

  Dr Victor Nian, Senior Researcher Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr. Victor Nian is a Senior Research Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute (ESI), National University of Singapore (NUS). Victor holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Management of Technology, all from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Victor has more than 10 years’ experience in nuclear policy research covering almost all aspects of peaceful and strategic use of atomic energy with a particular focus on technology and industrial developments. Victor’s other policy research covers almost all industrial and economic sectors with a focus on technology assessment. Victor has developed an integrated systems analysis tool which is used as the key reference methodology for the Energy Storage System Testbed project commissioned by the Energy Market Authority of Singapore. Victor established a UNi-LAB on Integrated Systems Analysis Tools in partnership of academic and research organizations from eight countries under the “Research & Innovation without Borders” initiative of Applied Energy Journal and served as the Executive Director since 2018. Victor is also an advocate on the humanisation of artificial intelligence for strategic economic and industrial sectors.
  Glenn R George, Partner, Bates White

Glenn R. George is a seasoned advisor and expert witness in the global power and utilities, oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, water, chemical/petrochemical, transport, nuclear, and related infrastructure sectors. Drawing on his background as a nuclear engineer, economist, and business manager, he applies deep expertise in strategy, policy, regulation, technology, finance, and risk assessment to business challenges facing companies, regulators, and investors. His areas of specialization include electric vehicle infrastructure, regulatory design, M&A support, asset valuation, risk assessment, and distributed energy resources, together with power generation (especially nuclear), transmission, and distribution. His consulting work addresses regulatory strategy, transactions, and new business models, while his litigation support work focuses on complex commercial litigation and international arbitration related to energy facilities, contract disputes, and construction delays and cost overruns. His project work includes advising various governments, utility companies, and equipment vendors on the economics of small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced reactors (ARs). Prior to joining Bates White, Dr. George held leadership positions at several other consultancies and at an investment bank. Before entering the consulting field, Dr. George served in leadership, policymaking, and program management positions in the US government, in the areas of nuclear facility operations, congressional liaison, export controls, and nuclear-powered warship design, procurement, regulation, and operation. He is a registered professional engineer. Dr. George is an active member of numerous organizations, including the American Economic Association, American and International Bar Associations, American Nuclear Society (ANS), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2011 he was awarded the ANS Presidential Citation for his response to Fukushima.
  Edward Kee, CEO, Nuclear Economics Consulting Group (NECG)

Mr. Kee, the CEO of Nuclear Economics Consulting Group (NECG), is an expert on nuclear power economics. He provides strategic and economic advice to companies and governments on nuclear power and electricity industry issues and has testified as an expert witness in US and international legal and arbitration cases.

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Complimentary Report for all participants
"Lessons for Small and Advanced Reactors from 60 years of large light water reactor experience" - The focus on size and capital cost is good, but there are other economic lessons that should guide small and advanced reactor technology / project development.
  Dr Bin Chen, Senior Project Manager, International Marketing & Programme Management
China National Nuclear Corporation

Dr. Bin Chen is a senior project manager of China National Nuclear Corporation for international marketing and programme management. He was working in Nuclear Power Institute of China as a senior engineer for thermal hydraulic and safety analysis as well as an invited professor by nuclear academy of Three Gorges University.

He was involved in design of most of the GEN III nuclear power plants as well as advanced nuclear reactors. He was graduated from Tsinghua university.
  Vaclav Bartuska, Special Envoy for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic

Vaclav Bartuska is Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security of the Czech Republic since 2006. In 2010-2014 he was also Government Plenipotentiary for expansion of the nuclear power plant Temelin.
  Dr J Kumar, Head, Nuclear Law Division, Legal Adviser, Government of India

Dr. J. KUMAR is a recognized expert in nuclear law and has, over the years, worked closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD-NEA), and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Organisation (ITER). He has been Member of the International Nuclear Liability Expert Group (INLEX) and the Consultants Group for the IAEA project on Handbook of Nuclear Law. As Head of the Nuclear Law Division and Legal Adviser to the Government of India, Dr. Kumar sculpted Indian National Nuclear Law Framework and is an eminent expert on regulatory affairs. He has been Indian Delegate at the Nuclear Law Committee of the OECD-NEA and represented India at International Institutions and Inter-Governmental negotiations. Dr. Kumar has been associated with numerous academic as well as professional bodies including the International School of Nuclear Law (Montpelier, France), Nuclear Law Institute (Vienna, Austria), Air and Space Law Academy (Gandhinagar, India) and International Nuclear Law Association (Brussels, Belgium). He is also panel arbitrator for International Arbitration Institutions.

Endorser and Sponsor:

The Nuclear Energy Institute is the policy organization of the nuclear technologies industry, based in Washington, D.C. NEI has hundreds of members and, with their involvement, develops policy on key legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry. NEI was founded in 1994 from the merger of several nuclear energy industry organizations, the oldest of which was created in 1953. NEI’s members include companies that own or operate nuclear power plants, reactor designers and advanced technology companies, architect and engineering firms, fuel suppliers and service companies, consulting services and manufacturing companies, companies involved in nuclear medicine and nuclear industrial applications, radionuclide and radiopharmaceutical companies, universities and research laboratories, law firms, labor unions and international electric utilities.

Endorsed by:

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) is a non-profit organization established in 1960 to represent the nuclear industry in Canada and promote the development and growth of nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes.

The CNA works to
  • create and foster a political environment and reasonable regulatory framework for advancing the nuclear industry in Canada;
  • encourage cooperation among various industries, utilities, educational institutions, government departments and agencies, and other authoritative bodies that have a common interest in the development of economic uses for nuclear power and radioisotopes;
  • provide a forum for the discussion and resolution of issues of concern to members, to industry, or to the Canadian public; and
  • encourage cooperation with other associations that have similar objectives and purposes.

The Independent Power Producers Forum (IPPF) is an international NGO composed of senior executives and decision-makers heading up firms with energy and power business commitments across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.
 We are an active catalyst for positive change with a unique “fraternal” organizational atmosphere. We cover all key areas and sectors relating to power generation: Gas, Coal, Bio-Mass, Hydro, Wind, Solar, Nuclear, Geo-Thermal, Legal, Finance, Insurance, Security, Equipment, Infrastructure, Alternatives, Renewable and Sustainable Technologies, IoT / IT, etc. The IPPF also leads the “New Energy” parade for Energy Efficiencies (EESCO’s), Pollution Prevention (P2/E2), GHG Trading, Energy Security, Waste-to-Energy, Standby Power, Smart Grid, Distribution / Transmission, Restructuring.

Website: www.ippfpowerasia.com

Thomas Thor is a recruitment, executive search and consulting organisation providing services to the global nuclear industry. Following the union of Thomas Thor and KeySource HCI in 2016, we proudly operate as KeySource Global for our Executive Search Services internationally (www.keysourceglobal.com). Our clients include nuclear regulators, operators, engineering companies, equipment manufacturers and research organisations. Our nine offices are located close to our clients, in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Our multinational and multilingual staff have an unrivalled global network in the nuclear industry.

Our services include:
  • Provision of nuclear professionals for assignments on a contract basis
  • Recruitment of nuclear professionals for permanent staff positions
  • Advice on relocation and career development in nuclear
  • Nuclear industry research, statistics, and information
Our network of nuclear experts includes internationally mobile project and technical specialists in nuclear new build, commissioning, operation, decommissioning and waste management in the following disciplines:
  • Board Level, Strategy and Business Development
  • Project and Programme Management
  • Project Control, Planning and Contract Management
  • Procurement, Cost Management and Supply Chain
  • Safety (Deterministic, Probabilistic and Safety Management)
  • Human Factors, Human Performance and Risk Management
  • Quality Management
  • Licensing and Regulatory
  • Process and Design Engineering
  • Senior technical specialists in Electrical, Mechanical, Structural and Civil engineering
  • Waste Management and Fuel Cycle
  • Decommissioning

Windsor Energy Group is a not for profit bringing together policy-makers and energy practitioners to review global energy developments. The group meets annually at Windsor Castle - hence its name - under the chairmanship of Lord Howell, a former British energy secretary. The group has an active programme of expert discussions in London and abroad.

Knowledge Partner:

Nuclear Economics Consulting Group (NECG) provides advice on economic and business issues facing nuclear power projects, with a focus on the interaction between nuclear power and the electricity industry.

Insightful analyses of nuclear project economics are needed to:
  • Evaluate new nuclear project business models and financing approaches
  • Structure nuclear projects, PPAs and related arrangements
  • Support positions in nuclear industry legal and regulatory disputes
  • Review government and regulator decisions about nuclear power projects
  • Develop and implement effective nuclear industry strategies
Nuclear Economics Consulting Group (NECG; www.nuclear-economics.com) applies economic analysis to the complex business and legal challenges facing the nuclear power industry. Our particular focus is on the current issues related to electricity markets. NECG’s experts have created strategies, conducted research and studies, written reports, and provided expert testimony for clients that include corporations, law firms, and government authorities. Our work is based on analytical rigor and objectivity that is tempered by real world industry experience in both the electricity industry and the nuclear power industry. NECG has been involved in client engagements related to strategy, finance, regulation, and litigation.

"US Nuclear Power - Market Failure and Failing Markets" Report

US nuclear power is facing market issues that are resulting in early retirement for operating nuclear power plants and in new nuclear power projects being cancelled. These issues are not caused by nuclear power plants, as US nuclear power plant generating costs are declining and performance is good. Instead, these issues arise because US electricity markets are failing to perform in a way that supports existing generation assets. These outcomes are similar to those seen in Europe. Countries considering electricity industry reform should carefully consider the lessons from the US.

Media Partners:

CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users which have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buyers their thoughts on their experience. CrowdReviews.com is driven by an algorithm allowing for both customers and providers of products and services to understand how the rankings are determined. The service can be used by potential buyers to learn more about their vendors prior to making a purchasing decision.

The Power Times provides information and news on power generation, transmission and distribution entities. UxC is widely viewed as the industry leader in supplying nuclear fuel price and market information through its Ux Weekly publication. UxC also provides in-depth reporting and analysis in all areas of the nuclear energy industry. In addition to many standard publications, UxC provides custom consulting for a wide variety of international clients looking to enhance market intelligence, strategic planning, and technical understanding in the global nuclear marketplace.

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