Monday, September 28, 2015

News: Rolls-Royce secure £100m nuclear contracts


Rolls-Royce is set to supply heat exchangers to be used at EDF Energy's proposed new Hinkley Point C reactor in a contract worth over £25m, and it comes after the engineers worked with experts at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) in Rotherham.

With state of the art facilities on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the £25m Nuclear AMRC is a joint initiative with industry, The University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester's Dalton Nuclear Institute, and is designed to help build and enhance the UK's civil nuclear new build industry.

Rolls-Royce is set to supply heat exchangers to be used at Hinkley Point C. The Nuclear AMRC has worked with Rolls-Royce to significantly reduce the time and cost of manufacturing complex heat exchanger sub-assemblies as part of the Civil Nuclear Sharing in Growth programme, with support from the Regional Growth Fund.

The project focused on a baffle cage, a complex and precise arrangement of 5,000 six-metre tubes, all of which must be inserted through 11 plates and then expanded and welded into position.

In nuclear power plants that use pressurised water reactors, special large heat exchangers pass heat from the primary system to the secondary system, producing steam from water in the process. The exchangers use baffles to hold tubes in place and direct the flow of liquid.

Additionally, a Rolls Royce/Nuvia partnership has been selected as the preferred bidder for a contract valued over £75m to design, procure, install and commission two systems for the treatment and waste processing of reactor coolant at Hinkley Point C.

Jonathan Brown, president for new build and nuclear projects at Rolls-Royce said: "We are delighted to be selected by EDF Energy for these important contracts. Rolls-Royce is committed to delivering a high value added design, manufacturing and systems capability for the UK new build programme."

Mike Tynan, chief executive of the Nuclear AMRC, added: "This is excellent news for Rolls-Royce, one of our principal industrial partners, and also for the many UK manufacturers in its supply chain. We have worked closely with Rolls-Royce to develop innovative advanced manufacturing solutions for nuclear systems including heat exchangers, and we will continue to support the company and its suppliers to make sure that UK manufacturers can secure the maximum value from investment in nuclear new build."

EDF now estimates that more than 60% of the construction cost for Hinkley Point C will be placed with UK firms. Preferred bidders have been named for major work packages worth over £1.5 billion.

The announcement came days after the UK government confirmed a £2 billion financing guarantee for Hinkley Point C.

Rolls-Royce website
Nuclear AMRC website

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