Forgemasters set to supply forgings for pressure vessels

Heavy engineering specialist Sheffield Forgemasters has been awarded a contract to supply pressure vessel components to a global chemical manufacturer based in the US.

As part of the contract, valued at more than $3m (£1.9m), Forgemasters will produce forged shells, liners and heads for large-scale pressure vessels designed to operate under highly stressed conditions in the manufacture of polyethylene.

The company will initially deliver three forgings — a shell, a liner and a combined head and liner — which will weigh approximately 170 tonnes in total.

The rough-machined components are expected to be delivered in spring 2013, with project completion by November 2013.