Forgemasters sign nuclear power deal

Dr Graham Honeyman, prictured with Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield MP Nick Clegg at Sheffield Forgemasters earlier this year
Dr Graham Honeyman, prictured with Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield MP Nick Clegg at Sheffield Forgemasters earlier this year
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Sheffield Forgemasters International has completed a contract for a seven-figure sum to supply South Korea’s civil nuclear power development programme.

The firm, which is the only UK company to boast certification from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to make civil nuclear castings and forgings has supplied forgings for the reactor coolant pumps that will be used in South Korea’s new wave of nuclear power plants.

Jenna Graseley, nuclear forgings sales manager at the group’s Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering subsidiary, said: “There was a lot of pressure to deliver this contract on time and we even exceeded expectations by early completion.”

Forgemasters’ contract involved making eight three-and-a-half tonne sets of forgings for seal housings and covers for Westinghouse-designed reactor coolant pumps at South Korea’s new Shin Kori 1,400MW power station.

The contract is one of a series that Sheffield Forgemasters International has won for the Korean programme.

Forgemasters’ chief executive, Dr Graham Honeyman, said: “Sheffield Forgemasters is servicing a global nuclear power market, which is expanding to feed a significant shortfall in power generation capacity. There are less than ten companies in the world capable of this type of civil nuclear power manufacturing.

“Forgemasters has a long and proven history in supplying to the nuclear industries and it is important that the UK retains an option to manufacture for new power plants as this demand increases.”