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aquila, October 18, 2017

Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd, part of the Calder Group, the £165m pan-European engineering group, has been awarded the contract to design and manufacture a Drum Housing Unit (DHU) for use with monitors, for the detection of radon by Magnox Limited.


The DHU will be installed at Magnox’s Harwell site to house radioactive waste drums to enable the measurement of radon gas emanating, prior to their transfer to another site for long-term storage. A key area of focus will be achieving a durable and adequate seal to prevent radon gas escaping from the DHU during the monitoring process.


Dave Barker, CEO of Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd, said:


“2017 continues to be a great year for Aquila and we are pleased to be awarded this contract with Magnox Limited. Aquila has a vast amount of experience in offering pragmatic and effective solutions to containment challenges. We are looking forward to working with Magnox and adding the Drum Housing Unit to our containment portfolio.”


The scope of the contract includes solutions for the complete DHU housing sealing arrangements, including testing plan and maintenance requirements, all lifting features and connections for vacuum extract and radon monitoring devices. All manufacturing drawings and production of the DHU is within the scope, including the Works Acceptance Testing.



Aquila awarded contract with Magnox Limited for External Mixing unit

aquila, September 13, 2017

Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd, part of the Calder Group, the £165m pan-European engineering group, has been awarded a contract by Magnox Limited to design and manufacture an external mixing unit as part of the Modular Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) Encapsulation Pre-Conditioning Project at Hinkley Point A.

Work will comprise the design and supply of a horizontal shaft mixer for the immobilisation of sludge with cement powders and an associated washing system. The equipment will be installed on a mezzanine steelwork platform to be located within a new portal frame clad building at Hinkley Point A in Somerset.

The scope includes the sizing of the building to install and operate the mixer system, design and supply of the mixer, cement delivery system and all associated plant and equipment. The system will be capable of being operated locally, during commissioning, or remotely, during operations, and the entire functionality will be demonstrated during an integrated Factory Acceptance Test.


Jim Fyfe, Project Manager, Magnox Limited, said:

“We are looking forward to working with Aquila, who put forward a very strong bid to win the External Mixing contract.”


Dave Barker, CEO of Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd, said:

“We’re delighted to be awarded this contract with Magnox Limited and look forward to working closely with the Magnox team. We believe this award recognizes our thorough open book approach to bidding in both technical and commercial terms.”


Aquila success in the summer of seventeen

aquila, July 28, 2017

The summer of 2017 is a milestone for Aquila Nuclear Engineering as we exceed our metrics’ targets for both opportunities and order intake, within the nuclear industry.

Since its inauguration in 2011, Aquila has implemented a highly focused communication and growth plan. Combined with delivering to an exceptional standard, our strapline is ‘PRAGMATIC, COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION, ALWAYS’, this has driven the success of the company.

Dave Barker, CEO, Aquila Nuclear Engineering said:

“2017 is a great year for the whole team at Aquila, we’re seeing continued growth in terms of sales and the size of our team and we put a lot of this down to our approach of delivering on our promises, delivering what we said we would, to our clients. It’s not just about the numbers though, we have a great culture at Aquila that means we overcome challenges in a collaborative way. We enjoy what we do, we like our clients and we enjoy coming to work, that makes things so much easier for everyone.”

To celebrate summer in style, Aquila Nuclear Engineering has collaborated with its design agency, The Glow Studio, to design its own ‘Nuclear Fuel’ ale brand.

Bowman Ales, an award-winning brewery local to Aquila’s Twyford offices (near Winchester), kindly agreed to let Aquila re-label their own Meon Valley Bitter bottles to feature Aquila’s very own customised label.

‘Nuclear Fuel’ ale will be given to Aquila’s clients and employees as gifts.


Dave Barker, CEO – Aquila, appointed Chairman of NDA SME Steering Group

aquila, May 16, 2017

Dave Barker, CEO of Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd, part of the Calder Group, the £165m pan-European engineering group, has recently been appointed Chairman of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Estate SME Steering Group – Southern Region.

The group provides a forum for strategic engagement between the NDA, the Site Licence Companies (SLCs), Tier 2 suppliers and SMEs representing the supply chain, and feeds into the National SME Steering Group to promote shared learning, best practice and coordination.

Appointed for a period of 3 years, Dave Barker will chair the group to focus on topics relating to improving the attractiveness and the health of the market, supporting the portfolio of NDA sites with a particular focus on the SME community.

As an advocate for SMEs, the group will provide a direct communication route between representatives of the SME supply chain and the NDA, connecting up all levels of the supply chain, acting as a sounding board and identifying areas for improvement.

With over 35 years’ industry experience, Dave’s expertise cover a strategic, technical and commercial portfolio, providing hands-on solutions to mission critical engineering.

Dave Barker, CEO of Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd, said:

“I’m honoured to have been voted Chairman of the steering group and I believe the mix of companies represented will work well with the Site Licence Companies in helping to improve performance and increasing the percentage of business flowing into the supply chain at the SME level. There are great opportunities for SMEs in the South, not just within the NDA estate, but also at AWE and EDF, so we have a lot to go for.”

Dave Barker CEO Aquila

First Sellafield fuel pond sludge encapsulated

aquila, February 21, 2017

Drums of radioactive sludge from Sellafield’s Pile Fuel Storage Pond (PFSP) – the world’s oldest nuclear storage pond – have been processed in the site’s encapsulation plant for the first time. The waste is now ready for long-term disposal.

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Going nuclear in South Australia?

aquila, November 18, 2016

The South Australian government supports continued investigation as to whether a used nuclear fuel disposal facility should be established. The only path forward they say is the restoration of bipartisanship and broad social consent, secured through a state-wide referendum. Edward de la Billiere looks at the latest developments in the debate. Read more…

China, UK unveil new R&D centre

aquila, November 10, 2016

China and the UK yesterday signed a Heads of Terms Agreement and held an unveiling ceremony for their Joint Research and Innovation Centre (JRIC) to be opened soon in Manchester, England. The event is the latest milestone since the JRIC was first announced during former Chancellor George Osborne’s visit to Beijing in September 2015. Read more…

UK launches nuclear innovation program

aquila, November 7, 2016

The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced its commitment of £20 million ($25 million) for an initial phase of a new nuclear research and innovation program. This covers five major themes: advanced fuels; materials and manufacture; reactor design; advanced recycling; and strategic toolkit. Read more…