Merseyside engineering company Cammell Laird’s campaign to position itself as a world leading nuclear industry hub has taken a significant step forward with the announcement of a new partnership with the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC).
The partnership was announced at a meeting of the Nuclear Industry Association New Build Group held at Cammell Laird to an audience of over 100 senior executives from the nuclear industry.
Cammell Laird energy division managing director Jonathan Brown said the new partnership will see the opening of a Nuclear AMRC facility within Cammell Laird’s Birkenhead site.
“We are hugely excited to announce this new venture with the Nuclear AMRC which will also see Cammell Laird become a Tier One member of the Nuclear AMRC,” he said. “The development centre will thrust Cammell Laird forward as the leading UK industrial manufacturer developing expertise in off-site module build in partnership with a High Value Manufacturing Catapult. We are looking to researching a wide range of areas supporting the assembly, commissioning and transportation of modules of up to 5000 tonnes, where Cammell Laird benefits from its coastal location. Working with the Nuclear AMRC we will invest in our facilities and our skilled workforce and supply chain to meet the demands of modular new build. Looking forward, we will also target the export market through a strategy built on working with partners and countries around the world, focussed on the exploitation of the benefits of modular construction.”
Andrew Storer, managing director of the Nuclear AMRC, said: “We are delighted to welcome Cammell Laird to the Nuclear AMRC network. Our new facility in Birkenhead will focus on developing modular manufacturing methods for new reactors of all sizes, drawing on Cammell Laird’s expertise in modular shipbuilding and a host of innovative technologies to significantly reduce costs and lead times for nuclear new build. It also gives us a base in the North West, the core region for the UK’s nuclear industry, allowing us to work more closely with the regional supply chain and the development sites in Cumbria and North Wales.
“The Nuclear AMRC is dedicated to helping UK manufacturers win work in the nuclear sector, and expanding our research capabilities to tackle the challenges of advanced modular build will deliver real benefits to the UK supply chain. We look forward to working with Cammell Laird and other module manufacturers to develop new technical capabilities and help them compete globally on cost, quality and delivery.”
Mr Brown said working with the Nuclear AMRC will strengthen Cammell Laird’s unique and highly competitive package of engineering services.
“Cammell Laird offers reliable, cost effective and flexible solutions to multi billion pound industries crying out for experienced support,” he said. “Cammell Laird has shown, in the maritime industry, it can be that anchor of system engineering, managing quality and providing schedule certainty. It takes responsibility for complex build projects such as the £150m Sir David Attenborough polar ship delivering the engineering, manufacture, skills development and quality records. We already have strong links with universities and colleges on Merseyside, but through working with the Nuclear AMRC we can further develop our modular expertise. We can draw on Nuclear AMRC’s formidable nuclear and wider academic expertise through its links with the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester to make Cammell Laird’s offering even more compelling.”
For further details on the Nuclear AMRC, contact Tim Chapman, communications manager: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 44 7872 419671 visit: namrc.co.uk
NUCLEAR AMRC BACKGROUND
The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre works with companies along the supply chain to improve manufacturing capabilities and performance for civil nuclear and other innovative industries. It is part of the UK government-backed High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and managed by the University of Sheffield.
CAMMELL LAIRD BACKGROUND
Cammell Laird is one of the most famous names in British industry with roots tracing back to the early 19th Century.
The business is located on the River Mersey, in the Liverpool City Region, on the West Coast of England. It has a 120 acre site with four dry docks, a non-tidal wet basin, large modular construction hall and extensive covered workshops.
Cammell Laird has been increasing its involvement in the UK’s nuclear sector for several years. In 2010 it agreed to work with Nuvia towards manufacture of modules for decommissioning and for new build, and in 2011 the companies were joined by Ansaldo Nucleare of Italy, which is experienced in AP1000 work.
Meanwhile in 2014 John Eldridge, one of the most experienced figures in the UK nuclear industry, joined Cammell Laird from Sellafield Ltd nuclear plant in West Cumbria to help grow its operations. He has a track record of more than 40 years working on the design, construction, commissioning and operation of nuclear facilities.
Cammell Laird has also invested more than £1.5m in renovating one of the large workshops near its famous construction hall. The refurbishment has seen six cranes overhauled and a new roof, floor, electrics and lighting installed. It provides a world-class facility to test and assemble modules and rigs for our nuclear clients.
In 2016 Jonathan Brown joined Cammell Laird to lead its energy division from Rolls Royce where he led its nuclear new build and projects group. Mr Brown has previously worked for BNFL, Serco and AWE.