Chatteris firm lands big nuclear container job

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A Chatteris manufacturer is celebrating after securing a “landmark” nuclear contract which is expected to boost its revenues by almost £50 million in the next decade.

Stainless Metalcraft, part of engineering technology group Avingtrans, is one of two manufacturers in a contract to provide waste storage containers at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site in Cumbria.

Phase one of the project will see the development of a world-class production facility to manufacture the containers. It is expected to take between two to three years and will be worth up to £8m.

During the potential second phase, the site will provide more than 1,000 containers.

Austen Adams, managing director of Stainless Metalcraft and Avingtrans PLC’s energy and medical division, said: “This is a landmark contract and we’re genuinely excited by the potential it offers.

“The company already has a strong track record in the nuclear sector and this contract will not only secure jobs at our Chatteris facility but will also see the creation of a world-class, dedicated facility for the manufacture of the ILW (Intermediate Level Waste) containers, which should see more jobs created as expected volumes grow.”

Metalcraft’s initial contract is for 1,100 containers but follow-on contracts for more units are expected over the coming years to meet the demands of Sellafield’s decommissioning programme.

Sellafield Ltd’s commercial director Robert Astall said: “Metalcraft was chosen because of the quality and price they could offer to fulfill the contract to the exacting standards required to store nuclear waste. Their experience and calibre as long established UK volume manufacturers make them ideally suited to work with Sellafield.

“Part of the decision-making process to choose Metalcraft was also their commitment to new jobs, apprenticeships and training to advance the capability of manufacturing skills.”