Lancashire firm secures Chernobyl containment contract

Lancashire firm secures Chernobyl containment contract

Hargreaves, based in Bury, has been selected to supply over 6,000 metres of ductwork to one of the largest engineering projects in the world, at the Chernobyl nuclear site in the Ukraine.

Hargreaves is the only UK subcontractor working on the ground-breaking project, the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement (NSC), having secured a multi-million pound contract with Novarka, a joint venture between VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bouygues Travaux Publics.

The NSC is currently one of the largest engineering projects in the world, with a 108-metre high arch being constructed to prevent the release of radioactive materials from within the Chernobyl nuclear reactor for a minimum of 100 years.

With over 2,000 people working to safely deliver the project, 21 different nationalities are represented within the management team alone and there are 60 radiation specialists in place to guarantee safe working conditions.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD) is funding the project, with contributions totalling €2.5bn from donors across a number of countries worldwide.

Tim Hopkinson, managing director at Hargreaves commented, “Hargreaves’ appointment to the Chernobyl NSC project is further demonstration of Hargreaves’ leadership in world-class HVAC services.”

“The company has provided solutions for a variety of environments around the world with experience in managing both the safety and quality requirements, as well as containment challenges presented by nuclear projects.”

“When fully installed, the Hargreaves HVAC system will play a vital role in supporting radiological contamination by immediately reducing the potential for the spread of hazardous dust particles. Hargreaves is helping to make Chernobyl safe for future generations.”