The Inside Track.. Keeping the UK's Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactors Operating: Boiler Spine Recovery at Heysham 1 and Hartlepool

26 January 2016, 1.00 PM - 26 January 2016, 2.00 PM

James Wenham. Programme Manager. EDF Energy.

1.15 Queen's Building

Faculty graduate James Wenham is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and he is currently the Programme Manager for the Heysham 1 and Hartlepool Power Stations Boiler Spine Recovery Programme. Since graduating from the University of Bristol in 1998 James has worked in a variety of roles within EDF Energy (and predecessor companies) including work on steam and gas turbines, rotor and structural dynamics, outage support and the delivery of numerous projects. James has a passion for the electricity supply industry and in particular the role nuclear generation plays in our current and future energy mix and he is proud to be integral in safely delivering the operation life and output from the Heysham 1 and Hartlepool reactors through his current role. His talk will cover:

  • Nuclear energy and the challenges of an unexpected NDT result on a boiler spine
  • The successful rapid development and deployment of bespoke remote inspection equipment and the implementation of a recovery strategy
  • Safely delivering the above within the context of a commercial business

Refreshments afterwards - all welcome.

The Inside Track Lecture series is aimed primarily at students - speakers from a range of industries will share their inside knowledge. All lectures will be followed by a Question & Answer session, a chance to meet the speaker(s) over drinks and a related LinkedIn discussion.

Contact information

For more information please contact: The Industrial Liaison Office on or 0117 95 45483.

The Inside Track lectures are open to all University of Bristol students and staff, but if you are from outside the University and would like to attend, please email

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