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Conference on Nuclear Training and Education: A Biennial International Forum (CONTE 2021)
February 9–11, 2021
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Delay, cost increase announced for U.K. nuclear project
Perspex screens and reduced seating capacity in the Hinkley Point canteens help protect the workforce during breaks, EDF Energy said. Photo: EDF Energy
The unfortunate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nuclear new-build projects haven’t stopped with Vogtle: EDF Energy this morning reported that the expected startup date for Unit 1 at its Hinkley Point C site is being pushed from late 2025 to June 2026.
In addition, the project’s completion costs are now estimated to be in the range of £22 billion to £23 billion (about $30.2 billion to $31.5 billion), some £500 million (about $686 million) more than the 2019 estimate, EDF said, adding the caveat that these revisions assume an ability to begin a return to normal site conditions by the second quarter of 2021.
We are transforming CONTE 2021 into an virtual conference February 9-11, 2021. This will allow us to deliver the top quality content and technical exchange you’ve come to expect from ANS meetings while ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved.
On behalf of the American Nuclear Society and the CONTE 2021 Committee, we thank you for joining us for the 2021 Conference on Nuclear Training and Education!
We are pleased to bring you an exciting, informative, provocative, and educational conference in a virtual format that allows us to bring our content to a wider audience than ever.
The theme of this year's meeting is “Learning Towards the Nuclear Industry of Tomorrow” and is centered on education and training’s role in shaping the future of the nuclear industry. The industry has faced many challenges in recent years including a difficult economic marketplace and overcoming the obstacle to train and educate a highly knowledgeable and skilled workforce in the midst of a global pandemic. Training and education have risen to these challenges while continuing to improve industry performance. Our CONTE 2021 presenters will bring you their ideas, innovations and best practices that have made a difference in the past two years and going forward.
The central component of CONTE is the exchange of ideas, and you will find those opportunities again this year. We have over 70 presenters across three days with five expert panel discussions. While we can’t replace a face-to-face meeting, we think this conference will bridge the gap, keeping you informed of the some of the best practices, innovations, and challenges in the nuclear industry, both in education and training.
This meeting will be unlike any previous CONTE, but it promises to contain the one thing that has always characterized this conference – a willingness to share and to learn from each other.
J. Wesley HinesUniversity of Tennessee Knoxville
Kostas DovasExelon Nuclear
J. Wesley Hines