Major American firm eyes nuclear expansion with new UK base
Westlakes Science and Technology Park has welcomed a new tenant, Stoller Newport News Nuclear (SN3), a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries. An Office Opening Ribbon Cutting Event and Reception will be held at the Innovation Centre on 1st March 2016.
The American-headquartered company has a 56 year history providing first-class services to the nuclear industry and it joins a host of other high profile nuclear firms that have made a base in the Centre of Nuclear Excellence in Cumbria.
SN3 combines complex nuclear facility management and high-consequence operations expertise with full service environmental remediation, radiological characterization, deactivation and demolition (D&D), waste management, and site closure capabilities. It has successfully managed an extensive range of projects from highly complex multi-year remediation of radioactively contaminated sites to short-term evaluations of local groundwater quality in anticipation of commercial construction.
This distinctive expertise prompts SN3 to seek further opportunity in the UK market, particularly at Sellafield, where it completed a successful management consultation programme with the Contaminated Land Group at the nuclear site, in 2011.
SN3 is a wholly owned subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and it joins its sister subsidiary, Universal Pegasus, Inc. (UPI), which has a base in Aberdeen. This new Cumbria location will be a major focal point for growth and will serve as SN3’s main UK hub.
The new SN3 office will be based out of the Innovation Centre at the Westlakes Science Park, conveniently located near Sellafield, SN3’s Tier 2 partners, and a variety of local supply chain purveyors.
The Cumbrian office will be led by a management team including industry veterans Barbara Mazurowski (SN3), Robert Granata (SN3), and Gavin Stevenson (UPI).
The SN3 UK team has a vision of growth for the firm through teaming strategies with its Tier 2 partners and in speaking about the opening of the SN3 office at Westlakes, Bob Granata said: “We hope to grow in the UK market at Sellafield by demonstrating that we are a trusted, high quality provider of nuclear services. Our new office in Cumbria will allow us to focus on procurement being offered locally and at related radiological waste and characterisation projects throughout the UK. With our 50+ year global history we have gained significant expertise in the identification, characterisation, disposal and handling of waste streams along with best-in-class nuclear operations and test, start up and commissioning capabilities that we feel will be an important skill in this region. We want this office to be the beginning of a long-term commitment and growth period for SN3 in Cumbria. The SN3 management team hopes to create local job opportunities in Cumbria as its business expands.”
In addition to targeting Sellafield contracts, SN3’s Cumbrian team will be working through Mr. Stevenson to seek out opportunities arising from North and Irish Sea oil & gas decommissioning by working in conjunction with UPI.
Michael Pemberton, CEO of Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) – the owners and operators of Westlakes Science and Technology Park commented: “With so much growth anticipated in the Centre of Nuclear Excellence here in Cumbria it is fantastic to see strong international firms like SN3 choose to make their UK base here. Their presence will add valuable skills into the supply chain here and offer increased local employment. We are delighted to welcome them to the science park.”