Rolls-Royce buy out US-based nuclear engineering company

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Aerospace and global power systems company Rolls-Royce has acquired US-based nuclear engineering services business PKMJ Technical Services.

Rolls-Royce president for nuclear activities Lawrie Haynes said: “Our investment in PKMJ represents another significant step towards growing our global civil nuclear business and providing customers with a suite of services to deliver safe and efficient lifecycle operations.”

Last year, Rolls-Royce secured permission from Rotherham Council’s planning board for proposals to build a manufacturing facility for massive components used in civil nuclear plants on the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Catcliffe.

Work on the Rotherham development – known as Project PoWeR – is unlikely to proceed until plans for the first of a new generation of UK civil nuclear power plants, based at Hinkley Point, go 
ahead.

Regulators approved the design of the reactor last month, but energy giant EDF still has to give the green light for the project to build the first new nuclear power stations in the UK for 25 years.

Project PoWeR will bring 
another 180 Rolls-Royce jobs to 
the AMP site, making giant pressure vessels, standing 23 metres high and weighing in at 140 
tonnes, for the next generation 
of civil nuclear power stations.