Weir/MHI work on nuclear pumps

The Weir Group PLC  and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd have signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop activities in the UK nuclear new build market under the brand WEIR-MHI. 

Under the joint cooperation agreement, MHI will design and manufacture nuclear pumps for nuclear power generation, as well as pumping equipment across the ‘conventional island’ of a nuclear power plant.  Weir will provide project management, installation and commissioning and after sales, and will also be responsible for the implementation of site health, safety and environmental systems.  

The primary focus of the agreement is on the UK nuclear new build market, however the joint cooperation may extend to other locations on an agreed basis. 

Keith Cochrane, Chief Executive of Weir said, “This agreement with MHI provides an excellent opportunity to further grow our nuclear offering and build and strengthen customer relationships.  MHI’s considerable experience and technical expertise in the design and manufacture of pumps for nuclear power plants together with our strong position in the supply of engineered nuclear valves and aftermarket services is a compelling combination as the industry experiences a renaissance both in the UK and worldwide.” 

Director, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Nuclear Energy Systems Headquarters of MHI, Mr. Akira Sawa said, “Weir has extensive references and an established track record in the provision of engineering services to nuclear power stations with a strong network of services centres throughout the UK.  This cooperation will enable us to expand our pump expertise into the UK with a full lifetime offering to the nuclear pump market.”