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Jacobs opens new Engineering and Technology Centre

17 July 2020

Jacobs has opened a new Engineering and Technology Centre in West Cumbria, UK to increase its capability to deliver innovative solutions to major decommissioning challenges.

The 1,320 m² high-bay facility in Egremont, one mile from the Sellafield nuclear site, will service a growing demand for engineering development expertise to design, build and test new technologies and techniques from concept through to implementation.

Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions International (CMS-I) Senior Vice President Clive White Said:

“This new facility underlines our commitment to West Cumbria and complements the test rig facilities at our Technology and Innovation Centre in Birchwood, near Warrington, which are used extensively by Sellafield Ltd engineering design teams based nearby.

“Across these facilities, we collaborate with clients and suppliers, developing new technology or adapting established systems from industries such as the medical and space sectors, to find safer, faster and more cost-effective ways to dismantle and decommission nuclear facilities. Our solutions minimise human intervention, make waste characterisation and handling more cost-efficient, and reduce waste volumes.”

The new centre, on the Beckermet Industrial Estate, has a 30m tall high bay test tower, a six meter deep test pit, 20 and 60 tonne overhead cranes, conferencing facilities and office space. A full COVID-19 risk assessment, including comprehensive health and safety measures, was carried out before Jacobs staff moved in.

The centre enhances Jacobs’ capabilities in concept and detailed design, manufacturing, assembly, test, installation and commissioning for the nuclear decommissioning, waste management, and new build markets.

It will also support innovative problem solving to speed up hazard reduction at Sellafield and other nuclear sites in the UK.

Jacobs CMS-I Vice President for Technology and Consulting Greg Willetts said:

“This new facility will be a centre for collaboration with highly innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Cumbria. We see our role as a developer and integrator of technologies, using our knowledge from hundreds of nuclear projects around the world to create fit-for-purpose systems for decommissioning.

“For example, when we developed new methods for decommissioning highly radioactive former reprocessing cells at Sellafield, we brought together a consortium of academic institutions, large businesses and SMEs, who draw on experiences from the medical and space sectors, to complement our expertise in radiology, chemistry, physics, material identification, human factors and mechanical/system/process engineering.”

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