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Newburgh Engineering Secures Major 10 Year Nuclear Contract

posted 29 Nov 2010, 07:13 by RiDO Rotherham
Westinghouse Electric UK and Springfields Fuels Ltd. have enhanced its commitment to UK manufacturing, by awarding a major new contract to Rotherham based Newburgh Engineering for the supply of in-core reactor fuel components for use at existing UK nuclear power stations. 

Newburgh Engineering secured the 10-year multi-million pound contract, after successfully completing a rigorous tendering process for Springfields Fuels Ltd, which assessed its quality control, health & safety and production systems to meet the stringent requirements of the nuclear fuel industry.

As a supplier of high precision components to the nuclear industry for almost 60 years, Newburgh Engineering has the expertise and dedicated manufacturing capabilities to fulfill the needs of this prestigious contract. As nuclear is set to become a much more prominent energy source to meet this country’s future power needs, this contract provides a bright future for Newburgh’s 100+ workforce.

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, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Company and Toshiba Nuclear Power Division, is based in Preston and 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.

This contract win highlights Westinghouse’s confidence in UK manufacturing and builds on their existing commitment to the region as a major sponsor and member of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) in Sheffield.

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

Bob McKenzie, Product Engineering manager at Springfields Fuels Ltd, said:
‘We are delighted to maintain our partnership with Newburgh Engineering who have supplied us with quality components for many years. We look forward to working with the team of people involved in making our products so that the current high standards of excellence continue to be enhanced throughout the life of the new contract.”   

Newburgh Engineering, which has two manufacturing sites – one in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and one in Bradwell, Derbyshire, is a specialist contract manufacturer of component parts and assemblies for the nuclear, defence, oil and gas, petrochemical, aerospace and power generation industries.   The company, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, is renowned within the UK for its high quality precision engineering across many industry sectors.