Advanced Nuclear Technologies and SMR Designs: What are the key stages on the journey to their commercial deployment?

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Developments in advanced nuclear technologies (ANTs), and particularly in small modular reactor (SMR) design are transforming the role that nuclear energy will play in the future energy landscape. They are also broadening the types of organisations, investors, supply chains, and other stakeholders that are considering becoming involved with ANT energy projects.

Much of the discussion about the potential routes and timescales for large-scale deployment of ANTs has centred on the technical merits of the multiple designs and technologies. However, many organisations are unclear around aspects of some other key stages on the journey to commercial deployment of ANT designs and energy projects.

In this free webinar, Prospect Law’s nuclear energy specialists will aim to highlight some of the key regulatory, licensing, waste management and insurance issues.

It will be of great interest to anyone who needs to understand more about the important questions, potential obstacles, and steps that need to be navigated on the route to commercial deployment of advanced nuclear technologies.

Our team of nuclear energy specialists will be sharing their expertise on each of the topic areas including:

Regulatory and licensing considerations
  1. How will national and international legislative and regulatory systems deal with ANTs?
  2. What are the steps involved and how long can they take?
Radioactive waste considerations
  1. What are the challenges of dealing with waste arising from ANT reactors?
  2. How will they affect the feasibility of ANT projects?
Risk and liability considerations
  1. How insurable will ANTs be?
  2. How will they be designated in terms of third party liability? How will that affect the feasibility of ANT energy projects?

Our speakers

David McIntosh

David joined Prospect Law in 2021 having worked as a Senior Legal Counsel for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). He has a strong understanding of the nuclear regulatory landscape, and the dynamics of government and stakeholder relationships. […read full profile]

John Mathieson

John has over 40 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, primarily involved in radioactive waste management and decommissioning. He worked with the IAEA and the European Commission, participating in expert missions and advisory groups. […read full profile]

Mark Tetley

Mark has previously served as the Managing Director of the Power, Nuclear & Construction division at Lloyd’s insurance broker Price Forbes & Partners. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Nuclear Risk Insurers Ltd. […read full profile]

Webinar details

The webinar will start at 11:30 UK for one hour.

During the presentations you’ll be able to submit questions to the speakers which will be answered in the Q&A at the end of the session.

This webinar is free to attend but you will need to register to receive the webinar link


Below is the video recording of the brief Q&A session we were able to have following the presentations:



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