German nuclear deal
09 May 2007
Sheffield Forgemasters has secured a £multi-million nuclear cask deal
Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd (SFIL) has signed the first part of a landmark £60 million ten-year deal to supply Germany with secure steel casks to contain its nuclear waste.
Representatives from German company Gessellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH (GNS) and from SFIL met in Essen to sign the first part of the deal - worth £10 million - to secure an initial production run of 24 forged steel casks to transport and store waste from reprocessed spent nuclear power station fuel elements.
The second part of the contract, providing GNS with the option of a further 24 casks is worth £9.1 million. The entire ten-year contract to produce 150 casks is valued at £60 million.
Each cask weighs 61 tonnes and a sample cask will undergo stringent destructive tests - carried out by the German regulatory authorities to guarantee the integrity of the forgings.
The deal signifies the largest and longest running contract that Sheffield Forgemasters has entered into in its 200-year history.
Olaf Oldiges, Head of Construction, Development and Special Projects at GNS, said: "The contract to supply nuclear waste casks to GNS is a major deal and Sheffield Forgemasters were awarded the contract on the basis of the company's substantial experience in supplying similar products to other countries.
"GNS needed the assurance that whichever company was to undertake the contract it would be able fulfill specific requirements over quality control, consistency and supply above other considerations. Sheffield Forgemasters were able to fulfill all of those criteria."