Day 28 review:

The issue of infrastructure required for commercial nuclear operations was investigated today when Topic 18 began in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.

Independent Consultant Mark Higson gave evidence from the UK, providing his experience of working in the UK government on energy market reform, privatisations, economic regulation and asset management.

Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Mr Higson was the CEO of the UK Office for Nuclear Development where his work focused on facilitating private investment in nuclear new build by removing potential barriers. Mr Higson has held a number of senior leadership positions in government agencies in the UK, including Head of Nuclear for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Director of Postal Services for the Department of Trade and Industry. He holds a First Class Honours Degree in Chemistry from Cambridge University. He discussed:

  • Key lessons learned about building investor confidence in the energy sector from developments in the UK electricity market
  • Strategies adopted by the UK government to encourage investment in nuclear new build projects.

The day’s second witness was Brendan Lyon, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) along with colleague, executive director Johnathon Kennedy.

The IPA was founded in 2008. It is a non-government organisation built on a public policy partnership between Australia’s federal and state governments and the private sector. The work of IPA focuses on opportunities for infrastructure policy and market reform, networking, and research and data collection about the Australian infrastructure market. The session covered:

  • Key drivers behind recent trends in infrastructure investment in Australia
  • Conditions necessary to attract greater long term investment in infrastructure in Australia.

Video and transcripts of each session will be uploaded into the Public Sessions archive.

The next public session is on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, in the Commission’s office, 50 Grenfell St, Adelaide.

Click here for topic and witness list for these sessions, which continue Topic 18 – Financing of and investment in nuclear infrastructure, and revisit Topic 17 and Topic 1.