Ansaldo Nucleare, a member of Italian group Finmeccanica, has signed a partnership agreement with UK-based firms Nuvia and Cammell Laird to design and build heavy modules and components for the UK’s civil nuclear programme.
Ansaldo Nucleare – which is fully owned by Ansaldo Energia – has designed major modules for the Westinghouse AP1000 plant and is involved in the design and construction of the containment vessel at Sanmen nuclear power plant in China.
The partners propose to build super modules for AP1000 and EPR nuclear power plants, initially for the UK market, using an off-site ‘weather protected’ construction hall and sea access load-out facilities at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, in the northwest of the UK, capable of handling modules up to 5000 tonnes.
John Syvret, CEO of Cammell Laird, said Ansaldo Nucleare had added an important new dimension to the partnership Nuvia and Cammell Laird formed last year through patented module designs together with operational capability and significant design capacity.
Roberto Adinolfi, CEO of Ansaldo Nucleare, described Ansaldo Nucleare as a European pioneer in the development of third generation advanced designs based on passive technology that prevents reactor cooling difficulties after a blackout, supporting Westinghouse from the embryonic stages of their design of AP1000 and co-operating with other vendors to manufacture and test innovative components.
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