Springfields awards reactor fuel component contract to UK

25 November 2010

Westinghouse Electric UK and Springfields Fuels Ltd. have awarded a major new contract to South Yorkshire-based Newburgh Engineering for the supply of in-core reactor fuel components for use at existing UK nuclear power stations.

Newburgh Engineering’s Derbyshire site secured the 10-year multi-million pound contract via a rigorous tendering process for Springfields Fuels Ltd, which assessed quality control, health & safety and production systems. The company has supplied precision components to the nuclear industry for almost 60 years.

Vincent Middleton, Managing Director at Newburgh Engineering, said: “This is fantastic news for our team, who have been working hard for over 12 months to secure this contract. It is testament to the skills and expertise of our staff and the systems we have in place here that we have been selected from strong UK and international competition to work with Springfields Fuels Ltd. We are looking forward to building on our long term partnership with them as we embark on this exciting contract.”

Springfields Fuels Ltd manufactures fuel assemblies for EDF-Energy’s fleet of Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors and produces thousands of tons of uranium hexafluoride and uranium powder for export each year. Around 15 per cent of all the electricity generated in the UK comes from power stations using nuclear fuel manufactured at Springfields’ facility. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Company and Toshiba Nuclear Power Division.

This contract award confirms commitment to the region as a major sponsor and member of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) in Sheffield.

Middleton said: “We will be working closely with the NAMRC in South Yorkshire to enhance this region’s reputation for high precision engineering for the nuclear industry.”

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