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Penny Nuclear awarded 4 year contract from Sellafield Ltd

Penny Nuclear awarded 4 year contract from Sellafield Ltd


Award winning mechanical handling company Penny Nuclear have been awarded a 4 year contract for the manufacture, inspection, test and delivery of 746 drum stillages to aid nuclear decommissioning at Sellafield in West Cumbria.

Sellafield Ltd is the company responsible for safely delivering decommissioning of the UK’s nuclear legacy and the management of low, high and intermediate level nuclear waste activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Sellafield is the most complex site in the NDA estate. Once nuclear buildings are no longer operational they go through a process called decommissioning which includes decontamination and demolition. 

Penny Nuclear are no stranger to accelerating decommissioning whilst helping save money from the UK’s decommissioning budget. A recent installation of a Fuel Element Debris (FED) retrieval system at Bradwell Power Station comprising of a hydraulic grab, overhead crane and chain hoist, enabled the retrieval, sorting and storage of FED to support decommissioning. Following successful implementation of the system on the first set of vaults, the method was adopted across 12 vaults, all of which are now empty. This work saved in the region of £10m from the UK’s decommissioning budget and is an excellent example of how public money can be saved through better design and engineering.

The latest project for Sellafield involves the manufacture, inspection, test and delivery, in line with the supporting schedule, of drum stillages for use within waste stores. Simon Pykett, General Manager of Penny Nuclear explains “Complete traceability and assurance will be provided throughout the project. We understand the need for high quality products and complete documentation in the form of Lifetime Quality Records (LQRs) for all items. All stillages will be produced in accordance with ISO 9001 procedures and all work will be carried out within the principles of the NDA’s Supply Chain Charter – ensuring good working practices and relationships are established and maintained well beyond just the lifespan of this project.”

The project has come at a great time for Penny Nuclear as a £1.5M site development at the company’s Clowne premises opens in the first quarter on 2017. The work that is currently underway at the site includes a new warehousing facility to allow increased levels of stock, a new dedicated nuclear production facility with machining, fabrication and testing areas, complete with a 5 tonne overhead crane, which will allow increased production and a new office building to allow the company to add to their engineering department and improve the customer experience.

Penny Nuclear designs and manufactures lifting equipment, mechanical handling solutions and hydraulic systems for all stages of the nuclear plant lifecycle and nuclear fuel cycle. Whether it is for decommissioning, generating, research or new build sites, the company have the knowledge and experience to provide robust, cost-effective solutions within extremely competitive lead times.

The majority of Penny Nuclear products are designed and manufactured bespoke, in order to fulfil activity specific customer requirements. All projects are carried out under detailed consultancy with the customer and draw upon over 39 years’ experience of providing mechanical handling equipment to various industries.

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