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Cavendish Nuclear 10-year contract to supply Sellafield Glove Boxes

Babcock subsidiary Cavendish Nuclear and its key supplier Jordan Manufacturing have been awarded a 10-year contract to supply Sellafield Ltd with Glove Box Systems to process nuclear material.

The UK’s largest nuclear services business will meet all of Sellafield’s requirements for the design, manufacture and supply of glove box systems for future plants for the treatment and management of nuclear materials.

The contract, worth up to £95 million, is an integral part of Sellafield Ltd’s strategy for the long-term management of special nuclear material at the site, with the first glove boxes ready to be installed in the early 2020’s.

Martin Chown, Sellafield Ltd supply chain director, said: “Safe and secure clean-up of the nuclear legacy at Sellafield is our number one priority. Treatment and management of nuclear materials in the appropriate environment are vital. Placing this contract with Cavendish Nuclear - a highly respected nuclear services provider – is an important step in our mission.
“The company has pledged to deliver a positive social impact for our local community during the contract. I look forward to working with them to ensure this delivers the maximum possible value.”

Virtual reality simulation will play a key part in the contract. Once the preliminary design is complete, full-scale mock-ups with virtual reality headsets will allow the customer to test out the ergonomics and identify any modifications at the earliest possible stage.

Cavendish Nuclear specialises in the design, manufacture and delivery of services across the nuclear lifecycle and has extensive experience of working across Sellafield, including ongoing work on the design of remote-handling equipment for the product and residues treatment plant.

Jordan Manufacturing is experienced in the manufacture of a wide range of equipment for the nuclear industry. Its manufacturing site at Yate, Bristol provides design support, manufacture and fabrication services as well as welding, assembly and testing expertise for both bespoke and pre-engineered products.

Cavendish Nuclear will use Babcock’s Rosyth facility, which is one of the UK’s largest manufacturing facilities. Following recent major investment in new workshops, fabrication bays and remote overhead cranes, it has a proven track record in delivering large-scale complex products, including the containment doors for the pile fuel cladding silo at Sellafield.

Cavendish Nuclear and its partners will be supported by a supply chain located across the UK, bringing together the best of Britain’s nuclear expertise in an integrated team committed to meeting the customer’s demanding specification.
Paul Smith, managing director of nuclear services at Cavendish Nuclear, said: “We are delighted to continue to support Sellafield Ltd in the delivery of this strategically important programme.

“We believe our collaborative approach to delivery is what differentiates our offer - collaboration is embedded within Cavendish Nuclear and its parent company’s DNA. Our team offers Sellafield Ltd significant manufacturing capacity to meet the demands of the programme whilst also providing opportunities to share best practice across suppliers.”