23 July 2014
Power playing host
Laing O’Rourke recently played host to the CIGRE UK Connecting New Nuclear industry event.
On the night, head of National Grid UK and Chairman of CIGRE UK, Nick Windsor, gave a key note speech about the challenge of plugging in projects like Hinkley, covering a number of areas including low carbon energy and what investment is needed to connect large-scale new nuclear projects.
EDF project director for Hinkley Point C, Chris Bakken, responded with a talk more specifically about what a project of this scale actually means in terms of delivery and investment.
Laing O’Rourke's electrical engineering director, Dr Philip Cartwright, then shared his thoughts on the practicalities of Hinkley, connecting it efficiently to the National Grid and how we can take the learning forward for connecting further new nuclear generation. The 70-strong audience were then invited to take part in a panel discussion which proved quite lively.
Amongst the guests were Christian Blessing from Hitachi Europe and Stuart Grattage from ABB, as well as other key figures from Balfour Beatty, EDF Energy, National Grid, Parsons Brinckerhoff, SAG and Siemens.
Afterwards guests enjoyed a networking drinks reception along with a number of demonstrations of how Laing O’Rourke is applying their unique business offering of digital engineering, DfMA, engineering excellence and direct delivery in the power sector.
Nick commented on the evening: ‘The Connecting New Nuclear event was a huge success. My thanks to Laing O'Rourke and our organisers for providing a great opportunity to learn, exchange views and network with CIGRE UK members. I hope that we can follow this up with more of these.'
Laing O’Rourke power sector lead, Adam Middleton chaired the event: ‘It was a pleasure to host the event for CIGRE UK and bring so many key industry people together for real conversation. Our ambition in the sector is growing and we’re continuing to establish ourselves and increase awareness of our capability.’
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