News & Events - Frazer-Nash contributes to nuclear modularisation research project


On the 4 July 2017, the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre opened its new modular manufacturing research and development (R&D) centre, at the Birkenhead site of member company Cammell Laird.

The launch marks the start of a research collaboration led by Cammell Laird to develop modular manufacturing techniques to support the UK's nuclear new build programme.

Cammell Laird is leading a new research project with funding from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).

The project, called Fit For Modules, aims to develop the UK supply chain into a world-leading provider of modular manufacturing techniques for nuclear and other high-value energy sectors. The research consortium - including the Nuclear AMRC, Laing O'Rourke, Arup and Frazer-Nash Consultancy - will work with industry and regulators to map the challenges and opportunities of modularisation.

Jonathan Brown, managing director of Cammell Laird's energy division, said:

"Modularisation is widely applied on shipbuilding, civil construction and a number of other sectors where it is demonstrated to bring significant benefits in terms of cost reductions and improved schedule performance. We are confident that when applied correctly within the nuclear sector we will see similar benefits."

The first stage of the project will produce a detailed study showing how the development of modular techniques can support the UK's nuclear new build programme, and identifying what research and investment are needed to turn the UK into the world leader in off-site modular construction for the nuclear industry.

Immediately after the launch event, Cammell Laird hosts a two-day industry workshop to discuss modularisation challenges associated with process and methods, technologies and techniques, and people and culture. The project will also consider financial and supply chain issues around modularisation.

At the end of the first year-long phase, the consortium will publish a technology roadmap detailing how the required technologies and capabilities can be developed over the next five years. The report will be shared with industry, including the 120+ manufacturers who have completed the Nuclear AMRC's Fit For Nuclear (F4N) supplier development programme.

For more information on Nuclear AMRC's new modular manufacturing R&D centre and to view the full news release, click here. More information on Cammell Laird can be found here.

 
 

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