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27th November 2014
NuGen this week unveiled its executive team as the company powers forward with Europe’s largest new nuclear construction project.
NuGen is developing the Moorside project, to the north and west of the Sellafield complex, and is growing its team to meet the challenge of progressing the UK’s largest new nuclear power station.
NuGen Chief Executive, Sandy Rupprecht, welcomed the new directors on board: “As we power forward with Europe’s most eye-catching new nuclear development, we are pleased to welcome our new executive team. Their undoubted expertise and professionalism will help shape our future growth, as we continue to move forward with Moorside.”
NuGen’s site assessment work is progressing well, with geophysical works completed ahead of schedule. The company will take forward a series of intrusive works through 2014 and 2015 which will feed in to the company’s detailed site lay-out plans. NuGen forecast a final investment decision will be taken by the end of 2018. Between 14,000 and 21,000 jobs will be created through the lifetime of NuGen’s Moorside project across all the skills bases.
The new directors will develop NuGen’s approach at a time when the company is busy recruiting UK nuclear professionals. Since NuGen’s shareholding change in June, the workforce has doubled. It will double again by early next year.
Esa Heiskanen has been appointed as Director of Project Development, holding the title of Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Esa has been Chief Executive of Glow Group in Thailand for the past six years. He has previously served as Senior Business Developer for Tractebel Asia, based in Bangkok. Esa has also worked for Fortum and Laem Chabang Power Co and has more than 20 years’ experience in the international power generation business. He holds a Master in Science (Mechanical Engineering) from Helsinki University.
Hideshi Konoki has been appointed as NuGen’s Chief Financial Officer. For the past year Hideshi has been Toshiba’s Chief Specialist for Westinghouse Electric Company, and prior to that he was Vice-President for Strategy at Westinghouse.
Previously he was President and CEO of EBS Ltd. Hideshi has also worked in senior positions for Softbank Corp. and the Tokyo Trust & Banking. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Waseda University.
Bart Volbrecht joins NuGen as Director of Nuclear Operations. Bart has a Master of Electrical Engineering from Brussels University, and Master of Nuclear Engineering from Gent. He has more than 20 years of experience in Nuclear and in several management positions at Doel nuclear power station in Belgium. He also has a Master in Safety Engineering. Bart has served with the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), the nuclear industry’s main global peer review and best practice body. His international expertise in all aspects of safe and reliable Nuclear Power Plant Operations has seen him carry out safety reviews at nuclear plants around the world, including in the UK, United States, France, Finland and Argentina.
Gary Shuttleworth joins NuGen as Director of Corporate Affairs. Gary started his nuclear career with British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) in 1994, and worked in fuel development, uranium asset management, and latterly in corporate strategy, with an emphasis on the Sellafield site. Gary joins NuGen from the company’s technology provider, Westinghouse, where he was formerly Director, International Business Development for the AP1000® reactor.Rene Lauwers has been appointed Director of Organisation, Process and Performance. Rene has previously worked for Electrabel and GDF SUEZ in marketing, business and project development roles. He has also held senior roles in Maintenance in GDF SUEZ’s nuclear fleet. He has Masters degrees in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering from Gent University in Belgium – and joined NuGen in 2011, as head of Quality Assurance.