BECBC member company, Rovtech Solutions Ltd hosted the Decommissioning and Waste Sector Group last Thursday and sixty members attended Rovtech’s facility in Barrow in Furness for an update on activities and opportunities in the nuclear industry.
Steve Phelps, General Manager gave an outline of Rovtech Solutions’ bespoke design capabilities, innovations and underwater product range and Paul Mort, Sellafield Ltd’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lead, presented futuristic scenarios for the use of robotics in decommissioning. Stuart Klosinski, Project and Programme Manager of the FEDF Supply Chain Growth Programme in Furness then reinforced the connections and shared objectives with BECBC while Luke Dicicco explained how Choose Cumbria is working to promote Cumbria as a great place to live and work.
Graham McAvoy, Business Development Manager at Rovtech Solutions, said “This has been an excellent opportunity for Rovtech to demonstrate its skill and expertise in the field of remote engineering to the wider nuclear supply chain. We were delighted by the number of people who attended and by their reaction to the presentation of our products and capabilities.”
Rovtech Solutions designs and manufactures remote engineering solutions for harsh environments for the nuclear, oil and gas and marine industries and has an innovative range of Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs), cameras, LED lights and tooling, plus bespoke engineering design and manufacture.
Following the Sector Group’s meeting, members moved to Rovtech’s testing facility at Barrow Dock for a demonstration of its latest innovation in ROV design: the Variable Displacement Buoyancy ROV.
“This submersible ROV is designed as a closed loop system which has the capacity to lift previously unattainable weights without the need for vertical thrusters,” said Graham, “mitigating against the creation of clouds of sediment which render underwater visibility down to zero.”
This was the first time that a Sector Group meeting of BECBC had been held in the Furness area. “This meeting brought together over 60 people from a range of business sectors and from SMEs to Tier one companies,” said John Grainger, BECBC’s Stakeholder Relations Director. “We were enthusiastically received and it was good to work with the Furness Economic Development Forum (FEDF) to make it happen.”
The next Decommissioning and Waste Sector Group meeting is to be hosted by Bilfinger Industrial Automation Services Limited and held at Holiday Inn Lodge Lane, Newton-le-Willows, Haydock on Wednesday 2 November, the day preceding the NDA Annual Supply Chain Event @ Event City Manchester.
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