Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Weir Engineering Services (WES) partnership has secured a contract to support the UK’s new nuclear power plant Hinkley Point C.

Awarded by EDF Energy subsidiary Nuclear New Build (NNB), the contract will see the partnership design, manufacture, and test 34 pumps for Hinkley Point C.

NNB was created by EDF Energy for the construction and operation of two new UK nuclear power stations.

As part of the contract, MHI and Weir alliance will be responsible for supplying five models of pumps to Hinkley Point C power plant.

Located in the UK’s Somerset region, the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station will feature two European Pressurised Reactors with a capacity of 3,200MWe. It is expected to begin commercial operations in 2025.

“A contract like this is good news not only for the teams at Weir and MHI, but also for both the Japanese and UK nuclear engineering industries.”

Weir Engineering Services managing director Mike Mannion said: “We have been working closely with MHI since 2010 in order to provide our customer with the optimal pump solution that combines the engineering strengths of two global firms.

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“A contract like this is good news not only for the teams at Weir and MHI, but also for both the Japanese and UK nuclear engineering industries.

“Our collaborative partnership draws upon considerable expertise and we are confident that our solution offers superior value and technical input, which we can also now offer to other international power companies in the nuclear generation market.”

MHI will serve as the sub-contractor of WES and be involved in the design and manufacture of all pumps.

WES will handle project management, motors procurement, pre-installation testing, and pump sets delivery.

Going forward, both companies plan further collaboration to serve global nuclear markets.