Tuesday, October 30, 2012

News: Rolls-Royce to support Hitachi on UK new build programme


Rolls-Royce has announced a collaboration agreement with Hitachi, Ltd. to support its delivery of new nuclear reactors in the UK.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will explore how Rolls-Royce can support Hitachi in the deployment of Advanced Boiling Water Reactor technology in the UK and internationally, through the provision of high value added manufacturing, engineering and technical services. It will also focus on the development of instrumentation and control opportunities both in the UK and overseas.

The move follows an agreement being reached by E.ON UK and RWE npower to sell Horizon, their UK new nuclear power station business, to Hitachi.

Lawrie Haynes, President - Nuclear at Rolls-Royce, said: "Rolls-Royce is delighted to have signed this important agreement to explore how it will support Hitachi in delivering new nuclear build in the UK.

"Hitachi is a recognised leader in the global nuclear industry and its acquisition of Horizon is a major step forward for the UK in securing its long term, low carbon energy needs.

"Hitachi has an impressive and proven track record in global nuclear new build which will complement the UK's extensive nuclear skills and expertise base and provide a huge opportunity for Rolls-Royce and the UK supply chain to make a significant contribution to the delivery of this major infrastructure programme."

Rolls-Royce supports a number of key phases of the global nuclear programme, including providing advice to governments and operators, supply chain management, and manufacturing and technical engineering support. The Group also provides safety-critical instrumentation and control systems to reactors across 20 countries.

Plans for a second state-of-the-art factory for Rolls-Royce at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham were recently approved.

The 21,000 sq m "Project PoWeR" facility is proposed for manufacturing and assembling power vessels for the next generation of nuclear power stations. It will bring another 180 of the initial 360 jobs from Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce are also founding members of the Nuclear AMRC on the AMP.

In February, a £400m agreement between Rolls-Royce and AREVA was signed that sees the companies collaborate on the UK civil nuclear market, covering nuclear new build and fuel cycle.

Rolls-Royce website

Images: horizonnuclearpower.com


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