Vessco Engineering has been awarded a contract for two very large pressure vessels for the turbine island at Hinkley C Power Station (HPC). The vessels are deaerators and feedwater tanks and each weigh over 330 tonnes – so large that they will need to be shipped in sections and completed on site. Vessco Engineering is a member of the Wales Nuclear Forum and has been awarded the prestigious Fit for Nuclear standard.
Vessco Engineering has already completed some small contracts for HPC and expects the civil nuclear market to contribute about 30% of its turnover for most of the 2020s and perhaps beyond. In working towards the F4N standard the company made sweeping changes to its management style and practice, ensuring that all employees feel part of the team and all actively contribute to the current and future success of the business. Material identification and provenance is important in the manufacture of all pressure equipment, but this takes on an even higher importance in manufacturing products for the nuclear industry. Product cleanliness and welding perfection are also imperatives in this market place but the most important factor demanded by principals and Tier 1 contractors is Safety – for workers and users of equipment.