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Packaging & Transport

The Aquila team has many years of experience in the nuclear industry which includes the specialist areas of containment, shielded systems, remote handling and nuclear packaging.

Our engineers have been involved in projects from the design concept stage right through to manufacturing, testing at our factory and installation/commissioning on the clients’ sites.

Clients engage with Aquila at different stages in the delivery process, but we like to get involved as early as possible so that we can share best industry practice from the start, saving time and money and delivering to our clients’ exact requirements.

Delivery Stages

  • Feasibility studies and cost options meeting regulatory requirements
  • Engineering substantiation and validation
  • Concept design and detail schemes
  • Full size or scale models for testing
  • Budget pricing from concept designs and
    detail schemes
  • Detail design and manufacturing drawings
  • Full manufacturing specification including NDT
  • Manufacture and procurement
  • Life Time Quality Records
  • Testing for regulatory compliance and specific customer needs
  • Selection of lifting and handling tools

Nuclear Packaging applications cover

  • IP-1 & 2 General purpose
  • IP-2 Low level waste
  • IP-2 Intermediate level waste
  • Type A
  • Type B
  • Type UF6
  • Products for international shipment
  • Lifting and handling equipment

Aquila can design and source containers, packaging and transport solutions for the following material:

  • Samples
  • Liquids
  • Solids
  • LLW
  • ILW
  • Sources
  • Type A RA material
  • Type B RA material
  • IP RA material
  • Type A fissile material
  • Type B fissile material

Case Study: Packaging & Transport


The Challenge

Aquila was asked to compete for the detail design and manufacture of a shielded flask, for the receipt and movement of nuclear waste stored in a concrete silo. Although there seemed, at first, to be little scope for differentiation, at the outset, the Aquila team provided novel and competitive features within the bid.

What We Did

We incorporated novel design features within the flask, which reduced the design risk. By employing commercially off the shelf (COTS) systems where appropriate, we reduced the cost and delivery significantly which ensured we beat the competition.

The Result

By demonstrating our intimate knowledge of design and manufacturing processes, we were able to beat “best in class” for the design and supply of the shielded transport flask. We were also able to demonstrate this approach with the following work package, put out to tender for a shielded export facility. Aquila also won the 2nd work package and in the process, saved the NDA over £1,000,000 in costs.