Birkenhead shipyard and maritime engineering company, Cammell Laird, is harnessing virtual modelling expertise from the University of Liverpool to overcome project delivery challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis. Faced with a potential delay to the risk-assessment phase of a vital, government-funded alternative energy project, Laird called on experts at the university’s virtual engineering centre. The shipyard is currently in the second phase of delivery on the project, which will see it transfer its world-class experience of modular shipbuilding to the nuclear energy sector. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is sponsoring a series of studies through its Energy Innovation Programme to make alternative power generation systems simpler, safer and more economical to deliver. As part of this initiative Laird submitted a successful bid to develop an on-site facility that would enable it to design, construct, outfit and deliver modular power plant sections, focusing on fuel assemblies for sodium cooled reactors. The design and build of the facility’s assembly test module must incorporate a Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP) to assess and address potential operational risks. Faced with being unable to carry out the required HAZOP tests due to coronavirus restrictions, Laird turned to the team at the university which is devising detailed, virtual, 3D models of the reactor components. Once constructed and risk-assessed, the assembly test module designed and built by Cammell Laird will be transported to the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) in Workington for testing. The project is being delivered in collaboration with the NNL and GE-Hitachi.
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The namrc.co.uk Nuclear AMRC’s proposal to establish a new advanced manufacturing research centre in Derby has secured Government funding. The proposal, supported by Derby City Council and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, has been awarded £6.85 million by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Local partners will also invest in the proposed £20 million project to create a new permanent home on Derby’s Infinity Park for Nuclear AMRC Midlands, creating 70 jobs and helping to reboot the local economy in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.
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