Subsea UK ‘Lunch & Learn’, Aberdeen

The Game Changers team and technical leads from Sellafield Ltd and the National Nuclear Laboratory will be heading north in early September for a lunch date with the subsea industry.

The ‘lunch and learn’ event on Thursday 6 September has been facilitated by Subsea UK, the industry body and focal point for the British subsea industry which focuses on increasing business opportunities at home and abroad for the sector.

The event was instigated by Subsea UK chief executive Neil Gordon who made the keynote presentation at the Game Changers’ ‘POCO’ innovation event in Glasgow in June. The lunch is designed to brief attendees on Sellafield’s decommissioning programme, along with the development and funding opportunities for businesses to bring their innovative technologies into the nuclear arena.

Decommissioning at the Sellafield site in west Cumbria also presents opportunities for businesses operating outside of the nuclear sector, with genuine scope for technologies and techniques used in the subsea and oil and gas sectors to be translated across.

Presenting at the lunch will be Luke O’Brien, Technical Authority (Effluent and Environmental Chemistry) at the National Nuclear Laboratory, who will provide an overview of the clean out activities required when a nuclear plant reaches the end of its operational life.

The challenges linked to measurement and analysis of both chemical and radiochemical species at the Sellafield site will be highlighted by Mike Edmondson, Technical Leader at the National Nuclear Laboratory.

Alex Allen, Technical Lead for Sellafield Ltd, will also be outlining the challenges associated with condition monitoring and inspection of stored waste packages.

There will be an opportunity for an open discussion with the Sellafield and NNL staff and Paul Knight from the Game Changers programme will outline the route to accessing funding and support from this innovation initiative.

Game Changers ‘Lunch & Learn’
Thursday 6 September 2018
Venue: Chester Hotel, 59-63 Queen’s Road, Aberdeen AB15 4YP

Speaker Profiles


Alex Allen – Technical Lead, Sellafield Ltd
Alex’s role involves supporting legacy waste conditioning and storage programmes at the Sellafield site, with nearly two decades’ experience in the nuclear sector including:
• Developing and delivering technology solutions for a major new plant;
• Technical Manager for spent fuel drying;
• Producing the Sellafield integrated waste strategy and effluent strategies;
• Feasibility assessment of new ventilation stack;
• Process design for waste treatment plants;
• Waste management of the Capenhurst site.

Before working at Sellafield, Alex spent several years in the aerospace industry in the UK and US on technology development for Serck Aviation. Alex has an MEng in Chemical and Process Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IChemE, and Chair of the NW IChemE Member Group.


Luke O’Brien – Laboratory Fellow, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)
A research manager with over 15 years of applied experience in developing research programmes and teams to support nuclear effluent treatment and environmental chemistry, Luke is a Laboratory Fellow at NNL and holds a visiting position at the University of Manchester where he supports the development of fundamental research.

Luke has a track record in the nuclearisation of technology to support decommissioning and developing innovative technology solutions. He is a Fellow of the RSC and has led a centre of expertise for effluent treatment on behalf of Sellafield Ltd.


Michael Edmondson – Technical Leader, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)
Michael is currently embedded in Sellafield Ltd leading Integrated Research Teams themed around People and Analytical Techniques. He is involved in R&D strategy and has a keen interest in decommissioning and characterisation techniques with a mission to improve safety, reduce costs and timescales of decommissioning through the introduction of innovations.

He has previously contributed as study lead for a £500M movement of the analytical services at Sellafield into new facilities, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and co-ordinates the NNL RSC Accredited Scheme.