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LM Engineering Services (LMES) exhibited at the Magnox Suppliers Event, having supplied and erected all modular steelwork for large nuclear construction project, Evaporator D at the Sellafield site.

The event, hosted by Magnox in association with the Welsh Assembly Government, took place on 17 May 2011 at Venue Cymru, Wales, and was open to existing and potential suppliers to the Magnox Fleet across the UK.

In January 2010 LMES was awarded the contract to supply and erect all modular steelwork for the largest current nuclear construction project in the UK, the Evaporator D at the Sellafield Site.

This award included the supply of more than 1,000 tonnes of fabricated stainless steel and more than 500 tonnes of mild steel.

Following the contract award, LMES has set up a new facility at Unit 13, Queensway in Wrexham that is dedicated to the Evaporator D project and then further nuclear supply work.

This involved establishing an 18,000ft2 clean environment solely for the purpose of stainless steel fabrication and welding.

In addition, LMES has a separate 16,000ft2 unit for mild steel manufacture and a further 10,000ft2 dedicated to large assembly manufacture required for this project.

LMES currently employs 80 people at its Wrexham operations with a further establishment of 20 people later this year at the module assembly facility in Ellesmere Port.

Construction of the Evaporator D building foundations began in May 2009 with final concrete pour of the raft foundation completed August 2009.

The project then moved to its main construction phase with the introduction of two self-erecting tower cranes in November 2009.

As the concrete shell has progressed, structural steelwork and cladding has started at the lower levels of the building.

In parallel with civil construction, the mechanical, electrical and instrumentation work started in September 2010.

According to LMES, the Evaporator D project is the biggest nuclear project currently being undertaken in the UK.

The project will maintain Sellafield’s ability to process spent nuclear fuel by providing evaporator capacity to evaporate water from High Active Raffinate and effluent from the Waste Vitrification Plant.

When the plant is operational the volume of waste will be reduced by a factor of 20.

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