Contract awarded for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station

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Hinckley Point C

Canadian company Velan have received contracts worth $55 million to supply safety related valves for the third-generation nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

Velan will provide NNB GENERATION Company (HPC) Limited, a subsidiary of EDF Energy Plc, nuclear valves to equip the primary and safety auxiliary systems of the two new-generation EPR™ reactors at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant. Delivery of the equipment is scheduled for 2019-2021.

This supply of critical nuclear valves includes high-pressure gate valves and globe valves, manually or electrically operated, as well as check valves.

These valves contribute to the safety of the reactor by isolating or controlling all the primary fluids within the plant’s nuclear island. In the event of an unexpected incident, these valves help in shutting down or controlling the reactor in accidental or post-accidental conditions.

Ken Owen, Commercial Director for NNB said: “Velan demonstrated through a robust procurement process their ability to be able to deliver critical valves for the HPC project. As one of our equipment supply industrial partners Velan will help support the successful delivery of the HPC project.”

Raphaël Couturier, Sales Director for Velan said: “This project confirms the continuation of our cooperation with our historic partners, EDF and AREVA, in the field of specific valve solutions that are important for safety.

“It also demonstrates our ability to equip reactors of all types of technology, and our intention to be a global player in this market, both for new facilities and for operating and modernizing the world’s global fleet of nuclear reactors.”

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