In March 2018 the Industry and Parliament Trust was delighted to take two MPs to Sellafield, in order for them to learn more about the nuclear industry and its role in UK trade and skills, as part of their Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowships.
Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, and Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South spent the day at Sellafield Ltd, a nuclear fuel reprocessing and nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria. The visit involved a tour of the Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant, that is due to complete its reprocessing operations in November this year, and one of the site’s major legacy facilities – the Pile Fuel Storage Pond – a site that is leading the way in hazard and risk reduction.
Bill is Shadow Minister for Business and International Trade, and the visit strengthened his understanding of the role of the nuclear industry in both the Industrial Strategy and as a British export. Meanwhile Faisal’s constituency of Warrington South is home to many Sellafield Ltd employees, and he learned about how the organisation incorporates its workforce into its long-term vision.
Commenting on the visit, Bill said:
“I was keen to explore what the future holds for the company and enjoyed learning about the transformation programme in place, using investment and skills to build opportunities working alongside stakeholders including the supply chain. I would like to thank the IPT for organising such a unique learning and development opportunity.”
Faisal also commented:
“I have a strong interest in UK companies promoting their products and services, and I was delighted to witness how Sellafield is tackling ground-breaking decommissioning activities that can be exported overseas. A huge thanks to the IPT and Sellafield for organising the visit.”