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Aquila selected to work on the European Spallation Source in Lund, Sweden

13 November 2018

Aquila Nuclear is delighted to announce that it has been selected by UKAEA to design, install and commission a shaft cutting station within the Active Cells of the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden. ESS is one of the world’s largest scientific and technology infrastructure projects being constructed today. It is funded by the ESS European Research Infrastructure Consortium to fulfil an international requirement for a high-energy neutron source for scientific and engineering research. UKAEA’s RACE robotics centre is supplying significant parts of the ESS Active Cells, as part of the UK’s in-kind contribution to ESS.

Aquila Nuclear’s mission is to design, test, install and commission a remotely operate cutting machine to size reduce highly irradiated components within the ESS Active Cells. Aquila will be supported by BD Nuclear (part of John F Hunt Group), who provide extensive experience in the size reduction of radiation hardened components. Aquila’s expertise in system integration and remote handling for the nuclear environment, will enable them to deploy BD Nuclear’s technology in the ESS Active Cells.

Aquila look forward to working collaboratively with UKAEA and contributing the success of the ESS Facility by delivering a pragmatic and cost-effective solution.




Notes to editors:

Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd

Aquila Nuclear Engineering heads up the Calder Nuclear Division with offices and workshops in Winchester, Hampshire. Aquila is commercially active in the following 5 nuclear sectors in the Domestic, European, and Australian markets:

  • Decommissioning
  • Plant Life Extension (PLEX) and Fleet Critical
  • Research & Development
  • Defence
  • New Nuclear Build


Calder Group

Calder Group is a £178m pan-European engineering group with nine operating subsidiaries in five countries.

A world-class specialist in precision engineering and the European market leader in the lead and radiation shielding industry, Calder Group manufactures and distributes technical products, supporting maintenance, decommissioning, waste management and radiation monitoring, supplying world-leading companies in the Nuclear, Nuclear Medicine, Defence, Oil and Gas, and Aerospace industries.


United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and RACE

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) carries out fusion energy research on behalf of the UK Government at Culham Science Centre near Oxford. Since 2016, its Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) unit has conducted R&D and commercial activities in the field of robotics and autonomous systems for a range of sectors, including nuclear, scientific research and transport.

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