Nuclear AMRC’s (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) has awarded its marque of supplier competence for nuclear contracts to a UK manufacturing centre of the Dutch company Fugro. The UK facility for over-water drilling and marine construction equipment gained Fit For Nuclear (F4N) status following rigorous assessment under the coveted supplier excellence scheme.
Recognising ‘nuclear excellence engagement and success’, the award assesses and scores suppliers in six key areas: Strategy and Leadership, Design and Project Management, People Excellence, Process Excellence, Health and Safety, and Quality Management.
News of the award was announced to delighted Fugro employees at the Falmouth (UK) site which designs, manufactures and operates bespoke marine drilling and construction rigs for nuclear and other infrastructure projects. Mark Adams, operations director at Fugro GeoServices, said, “The team must be commended for their attitude and commitment throughout the whole process. Following the initial site audit, they took on board all the recommendations and feedback to develop an action plan that delivered the level of excellence and continual improvement required by Nuclear AMRC. Achieving F4N status will give us opportunities to further showcase our in-house capabilities in a market that demands quality and expertise.”
Martin Ride, nuclear specialist at the Nuclear AMRC, said, “Fugro made excellent use of Fit for Nuclear to further strengthen its services for the energy market. The team performed to an outstanding standard, developing and delivering a focused action plan to complete their F4N journey in just eight months. They understand the challenges and the commitment needed to work in the civil nuclear industry, and have proved themselves ready to work with key players in the UK’s new build programme.”
The Nuclear AMRC aims to enhance the capabilities and competitiveness of the UK civil nuclear manufacturing industry, helping British manufacturing companies to compete for nuclear contracts worldwide. The F4N award provides confidence that a technology supplier meets an appropriate manufacturing and quality management standard for nuclear work, as assessed to Nuclear AMRC’s internationally respected criteria.