Nuvia and Cammel Laird welcome Ansaldo Nucleare to partnership

Ansaldo Nucleare, a member of the Italian high technology group Finmeccanica, has signed a partnership agreement with Nuvia Limited and Cammell Laird to design and build heavy modules and components for the UK’s multi-billion pound civil nuclear programme.

In August, 2010 Nuvia and Cammell Laird announced an initial partnership with the mission to enter the nuclear module market. Ansaldo Nucleare now becomes the third essential partner in this ‘best-in-class’ alliance. Ansaldo brings 30 years experience in the nuclear power sector with capabilities that include plant design, engineering, fabrication management, construction, commissioning, operational assistance, maintenance and decommissioning. In particular, Ansaldo Nucleare is the designer of the major modules for the Westinghouse AP1000 plant and currently involved in the design and construction of the Containment Vessel at Sanmen nuclear power plant in China. Ansaldo Nucleare is fully owned by Ansaldo Energia, a key player among the European power generation suppliers.

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 capable of handling modules up to 5000 tonne.

The principle advantages of this innovative approach lie in the ability to design and build larger units than previously possible in a weather protected factory environment. This will ultimately reduce construction costs, improve quality, safety and delivery performance while reducing onsite construction content by a considerable factor.

Keith Collett, CEO of Nuvia UK commented, “The addition of Ansaldo Nucleare to the already impressive partnership of Nuvia and Cammell Laird creates a significant proposition to the nuclear new build market, increasing the spectrum of capability, knowledge and experience from one collaborative source. This association provides a real opportunity for Nuvia, Ansaldo Nucleare and Cammell Laird to drive innovation and enhance the technical engineering skills offered to the UK and International market.”