North West jobs secured

New jobs could be created in the North West and hundreds of others secured as two companies plan to work together to bid for contracts to help build nuclear power plants in Britain.

Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead and Nuvia in Warrington want to build parts for planned nuclear power facilities in areas like Wylfa on Anglesey in North Wales.

Ten potential sites have been identified for new nuclear power stations in Britain. Private electricity generators EDF Energy and Horizon Nuclear Power have made commitments to build at Hinkley in Somerset, Sizewell in Suffolk, Wylfa in Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucestershire.

Nuvia Managing Director, Keith Collett said the partnership had ‘incredible potential’ and work is already underway to prepare the firms to bid for contracts.

“We are hugely excited about this alliance.

"Cammell Laird offers world class expertise and facilities to undertake heavy engineering and module fabrication.

"Moreover its geographical location makes transportation of modules straightforward by sea and enables us to pitch for work across the UK.”

Cammell Laird Chief Executive John Syvret said: “This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a relationship of towering achievement.

"We can offer experience in heavy fabrication, specialist engineering and project management together with unrivalled facilities including our 40,000 m2 modular construction hall which is capable of fabricating modules and major components of up to 1000 tonnes."