Pump maker goes nuclear

Specialist Energy Group's CEO Ewan Lloyd-Baker
Specialist Energy Group's CEO Ewan Lloyd-Baker

A LUTON company has won three orders valued at nearly $5 million to provide equipment to three nuclear power stations in the US.

Hayward Tyler, in Kimpton Road, is going for growth in the American market and hopes to win shareholder approval for a £5million boost from selling its own shares.

In the meantime, directors of the owners Specialist Energy Group say the company now services or has parts in the vast majority of North America’s existing and planned nuclear power stations.

Ewan Lloyd-Baker, chief executive of SEG plc, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce these contract wins. As previously stated, the US nuclear market is a key growth market for the group. We now service or have parts in almost 70 per cent of North America’s existing and planned nuclear power stations.

“To this end, we are advancing our plans to expand our Hayward Tyler, Inc. manufacturing operations in North America through the creation of a larger dedicated nuclear-stamped facility in Vermont due for completion in 2012. We believe this will have the potential to nearly double the size of our footprint in the region.”

The largest of the new orders is from Dominion Nuclear for three sets of replacement columns for the specialist water circulating pumps which will be installed at Dominion’s Millstone nuclear power plant in Waterford, Connecticut. The Millstone plant generates 2,097 megawatts of electricity, enough to power approximately 500,000 homes. The first of the outer column sets will be shipped by Hayward Tyler, Inc. in December with the remaining sets being fabricated at HTI’s Vermont plant and delivered in 2011.

The next order in size has been placed by the Public Service Enterprise Group for a mission critical seal-less pump for use in the reactor water clean up phase at the Hope Creek nuclear power station in New Jersey. The pump will be manufactured by Hayward Tyler and is scheduled for delivery to site in December 2011. It is anticipated a second pump will be purchased in 2011 for delivery in December 2012.

The remaining order is from Hatch Nuclear for a reactor water clean-up pump spare motor. The spare motor pump is scheduled for delivery mid-2011 and will be deployed at the Hatch Nuclear Power Station in Baxley, Georgia. The Hatch Nuclear Power Station is part of Southern Companies and Georgia.