Will he dictate the timing or even the prospects of UK deployment of breeder reactors?
As of mid-April 2012, no apparent utterances on his opinions of the potential or capabilities of the GE Hitachi PRISM.
This is the situation so far:
Legal Status and Ownership
The National Nuclear Laboratory is a UK registered private limited company in which the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change holds all of the shares through a holding company NNL Holdings Ltd.
The Government’s objectives for the NNL are for it to:
- operate as a sound commercial business;
- demonstrate value for customers;
- create a platform for UK and internationally funded R&D;
- ensure the latent value of the UK’s R&D can be demonstrated and realised;
- become an international centre of excellence in nuclear research and development, playing a vital role in cleaning up the UK’s nuclear waste legacy and contributing to the programme of nuclear new build;
- safeguard the UK’s high tech nuclear expertise, facilities and skills;
- ensure the stability of the immature UK civil nuclear R&D market;
- provide a basis for opening up the UK market to nuclear facility operational and clean up R&D; and
- safeguard the contribution that the NNL makes to the West Cumbrian economy and local ambitions to become an Energy Coast.
|Professor Paul Howarth|
Director of Science,
Technology and Project Delivery,
National Nuclear Laboratory, UK
Paul Howarth said: “I was delighted to be invited as a delegate on this tremendously important trip to Japan. There is clearly a huge opportunity ahead for the UK and Japan to work together to address nuclear challenges across the sector – including the areas of new nuclear build, waste management and decommissioning....”