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Helmut Engelbrecht delivers keynote address at Royal Academy of Engineering

21 January 2015

Helmut Engelbrecht, Chief Executive Officer of Urenco Group, today gave a speech at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London as part of the View from the Top series of lectures.

With the title “Energy for all: how can nuclear power contribute?”, Dr. Engelbrecht’s address to an audience of business leaders and academics focused on his personal views of how nuclear power can help create secure, safe and affordable low carbon energy.

His talk covered the investment challenges of new nuclear as well as the ongoing safety requirements of new power module designs. He explained how the market for nuclear power was now truly global and how new markets were developing quickly, particularly in the Middle East, due to increasing energy demands. He also introduced the concept of multi-size nuclear power, ranging from micro nuclear power reactors to small modular reactors to the existing range of large reactors. In this way, customers have the choice to adopt the size of nuclear reactor which best suits their energy needs and investment capabilities.

Helmut Engelbrecht, Chief Executive Officer of Urenco Group, said:

“Everyone has a right to the basic essentials of life and this includes affordable energy. This is why I am passionate about the role that nuclear power can play in our lives on a global basis. As the world’s population increases and the standard of living rises, we should champion nuclear power as being a safe, secure form of low carbon energy.”


About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.


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