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Hazardex 2019 Conference Presentations - UK Nuclear Generation - A Decade of Transformation

Author : Brian Cowell - Managing Director, EDF Energy Generation

19 November 2018

EDF Energy owns and operates the United Kingdom’s eight operational nuclear power stations, providing 9GW of capacity, around 20% of the UK’s electricity, from 14 advanced gas cooled reactors (AGR) and one pressurised water reactor (PWR). Over the last decade the safety and operational performance of EDF Energy's nuclear plants has been transformed. 

After years of sustained improvement, combined safety and operational results now represent the best overall performance in the past 40 years and are, in many instances, world leading. These reactors are now demonstrably, the safe, reliable “workhorses” of the UK’s low carbon electricity sector playing a key role in supporting the UK electricity system. 

Brian Cowell, Managing Director of EDF Energy’s Generation Business will discuss how this transformation has been achieved and the lessons that could help support the UK’s Nuclear Industrial Strategy in the decades to come.  He will also cover the evolution of the UK nuclear generation assets as they move towards the end of generation phase into defueling and decommissioning.

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Brian Cowell is Managing Director of EDF Energy’s Generation business in the United Kingdom.

He has responsibility for EDF Energy’s nuclear, coal, gas and renewables operations, bringing together under one management team a diverse portfolio of generation assets.

Brian has spent most of his career in nuclear operations having been Station Director of Hunterston and Torness power stations, Chief Nuclear Officer, and was most recently Director of Nuclear Operations before appointment to his current role in 2017.

A Control and Instrumentation Engineer, Brian is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology.


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