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New alliance of four firms to certify UK nuclear supply chain

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Four companies have won a joint contract to support the UK’s nuclear new-build programme.

Equipment manufacturer Rolls-Royce, technical consultancy Lloyd’s Register, Paris-based engineering consultancy Assystem and nuclear equipment qualification firm Arexis together were awarded an equipment qualification contract by the UK’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC).

As the new Equipment Qualification (EQ) Alliance, the companies will ensure that safety-critical components and systems being manufactured for new nuclear power plants meet quality standards.

To this end, the EQ Alliance is tasked with producing a detailed report on equipment qualification requirements for the UK’s nuclear new-build programme and examining the supply chain’s current capability to meet those requirements. The report is due to be delivered next spring.

Andrew Storer, Nuclear AMRC managing director, said: "UK suppliers aiming to win work in nuclear new build need to understand the requirements for qualifying safety-classified equipment. This can be a barrier to winning work in the nuclear sector, but is often overlooked.

 "By developing the UK's capabilities for equipment qualification, the EQ Alliance can help UK manufacturers win work,” he added. “We can also help the UK become a recognized global centre for equipment qualification for the nuclear sector, providing new export potential.”

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