Forgemasters to gain new nuclear work

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Sheffield Forgemasters celebrated a landmark moment with nuclear power plant designer Westinghouse UK as it became one of a handful of British companies to fabricate safety critical cast and forged components within nuclear power stations.

It opens up a new market of civil nuclear manufacture for the iconic British company and came with the formal presentation of the certificate for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Nuclear Partials (NPT) status.

Forgemasters has worked with Westinghouse Electric Company UK Limited as a key supply chain partner for many years including collaborating on nuclear reactor primary pump casings with Curtiss Wright EMD.

Chief executive Graham Honeyman said: “We are delighted to be presented with the ASME NPT certificate by Westinghouse, an apex manufacturer of civil power stations and a world leader in the field.

“The accreditation allows us to build on many years as a manufacturer of large cast and forged components for civil nuclear and to now move into another phase of nuclear development. The timing of this is crucial as we are now looking at rapidly increasing global demand for clean and reliable energy provision.”