The agreement will see Merseyside based Cammell Laird and nuclear engineering specialist Nuvia Limited, based in Risley, Warrington, join forces to bid for contracts for the fabrication of heavy modules and components for new nuclear plants.
Announcing the partnership the companies said the alliance could potentially create and secure hundreds of jobs at Cammell Laird when the new build programme begins in around two years time.
Under proposals announced by the Government in November 2009 10 potential sites have been identified for new nuclear power stations. If built the stations could generate up to 25 per cent of the country’s energy needs, compared to 13 per cent now. Since then, private electricity generators EDF Energy and Horizon Nuclear Power have made commitments to build at Hinkley in Somerset, Sizewell in Suffolk, Wylfa in Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucestershire. (see notes to editors)
Nuvia Managing Director, Keith Collett said the partnership had ‘incredible potential’ and work is already underway to prepare the firms to bid for contracts.
“We are hugely excited about this alliance,” he said. “Nuvia has an established track record of delivering large nuclear projects in the UK. Reinforcing our expertise in the sector, which covers the entire cycle from new build, to operations and maintenance, to final decommissioning and waste disposal, with Cammell Laird’s skill set forges a formidable team. Cammell Laird offers world class expertise and facilities to undertake heavy engineering and module fabrication. Moreover its geographical location makes transportation of modules straightforward by sea and enables us to pitch for work across the UK.”
Cammell Laird Chief Executive John Syvret said the partnership marked a historic landmark for Cammell Laird as the business seeks to catapult itself further into the emerging engineering markets.
“This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a relationship of towering achievement,” he said. “Nuvia is a market leader in the nuclear sector and has a terrific track record in the industry making it the perfect partner. The nuclear sector, like the off shore renewables sector, presents huge growth potential for Cammell Laird. We can offer experience in heavy fabrication, specialist engineering and project management together with unrivalled facilities including our 40,000 m2 modular construction hall which is capable of fabricating modules and major components of up to 1000 tonnes.
“The energy sector is the future and through our partnership we believe we can thrust our companies to the forefront of the nuclear sector. This could bring massive benefits to the Merseyside and the North West economy.”
Birkenhead MP Frank Field said the partnership was of huge importance to job creation and the development of Birkenhead.
“Cammell Laird is a first class company, constantly seeking new opportunities to expand its Birkenhead business,” he said. “I wish the new partnership the best of luck as it develops a new approach to nuclear power.”
Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) Chairman Lord O’Neill said: “This partnership is yet another example of UK companies gearing up to play a role in nuclear new build. New nuclear in the UK is moving from an ambition to a reality – and the industrial landscape is rapidly taking shape.”