Minister in Fylde nuclear fuel plant visit


MARK Menzies MP invited the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP, to visit a Fylde nuclear fuel plant to discuss future business opportunities and tour the site’s production facilities.

While at Springfields, the Westinghouse-operated nuclear fuel manufacturing facility near Kirkham, the MPs received a business briefing from management, which included details of future commercial opportunities for Westinghouse in the UK and for the site in particular.

They also heard how Springfields will play a major role in Westinghouse’s new build programme in the UK by providing the fuel for three AP1000 reactors to be built on the Moorside site in Cumbria.

Following the visit, Mr Menzies said: “I was delighted John was able to come to Fylde to visit the Springfields site, which we sometimes forget provides 16 per cent of the UK’s energy needs.

“Springfields is one of Fylde’s biggest employers and I am always supportive of Westinghouse’s attempts to bring in more business which could protect jobs for years into the future.

“I know John was very impressed with what he saw and went away promising to help in any way he could.”

Mr Hayes showed particular interest in the company’s plans to sell fuel overseas, an area in which he believed he could provide assistance.

He added: “As a former Minister of State I regularly represent Britain’s interests overseas as part of various trade delegations.

“Hopefully in future I can help promote Springfields’ fuel manufacturing capabilities abroad as they seek to expand their business.”

The pair took the opportunity to tour the site’s multi-million pound Oxide Fuels Complex, the most modern nuclear fuel manufacturing plant in the world. The plant, capable of creating fuel for any Light Water Reactor (LWR) in the world, will be used to produce fuel for the Westinghouse AP1000 reactors to be built in the UK.

Mick Gornall, Managing Director, UK Fuels Operations at Springfields, said: “Our current business plan is robust but there are challenges to overcome and further commercial opportunities to pursue as we look to extend our existing business.

“Some of those opportunities are in very competitive overseas markets.”

The former Energy Minister also took the opportunity to visit the planned shale gas exploration site at Roseacre Wood while he was in Fylde.


Picture: Dave Unsworth, Westinghouse Vice President & Managing Director UK, Middle East & Egypt; Mark Menzies MP; the Rt Hon John Hayes MP and Mick Gornall, Managing Director, UK Fuels Operations.

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