Weir, MHI agree to jointly develop offerings for UK nuclear new build market

Weir Group and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to work together on nuclear technology.

The Weir Group and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have signed a cooperation agreement to develop jointly activities in the UK nuclear new build market under the brand Weir-MHI.

Under the joint cooperation agreement, MHI will design and manufacture nuclear pumps for nuclear power generation, as well as pumping equipment across the 'conventional island' of a nuclear power plant.

Weir will be responsible for project management, installation and commissioning, and after sales. It will also be responsible for the implementation of site health, safety and environmental systems.

The primary focus of the agreement is on the UK nuclear new build market. However, the joint cooperation may extend to other locations on an agreed basis, the companies said.

Keith Cochrane, chief executive of Weir, said: "This agreement with MHI provides an excellent opportunity to further grow our nuclear offering and build and strengthen customer relationships.

"MHI's considerable experience and technical expertise in the design and manufacture of pumps for nuclear power plants together with our strong position in the supply of engineered nuclear valves and aftermarket services is a compelling combination as the industry experiences a renaissance both in the UK and worldwide."

Ten sites across England and Wales have been ear-marked as potentially suitable for the building of new nuclear power stations by the end of 2025. Other sites may be considered for development beyond 2025, the companies said.