West Cumbrian firm's cash boost brings 15 new jobs
Last updated at 13:47, Friday, 25 October 2013
Fifteen jobs will be created as part of a £150,000 boost to expand Flimby firm Forth Engineering.
Five new jobs and 10 apprenticeships, run with Lakes College at Lillyhall, will be created.
The company is building a £523,000 deep-water facility to replicate conditions at the Sellafield nuclear site’s open-air ponds.
Extra cash from Britain’s Energy Coast means the facility will also be used by other industries and as a search and rescue training centre.
The firm has added a roof and overhead crane to the pond’s design, which is generating interest from the wider UK, German, Canadian and Japanese decommissioning markets, and the oil and gas sector.
Mark Telford, managing director of Forth Engineering, said: “Without this funding the new deep-water recovery facility may not have happened so we’re delighted to have secured this award from Britain’s Energy Coast.
“We want this facility to be a centre of excellence for engineering, development and training, which will help us to serve clients around the world and benefit the local workforce and economy.
“We are heavily dependent on work at Sellafield and realise we need to change this for the future of the company.”
As part of its expansion, the firm will build a replica helicopter fuselage to be used in search and rescue training for organisations.
Mr Telford started Forth Engineering in 2000, providing hydraulic and pneumatic engineering but quickly moved into the nuclear industry.
It is in talks with the Fukishima nuclear power station in Japan about how it could help it.
David Jones, of Britain’s Energy Coast, said: “Forth Engineering is a real rising star for West Cumbria.
“The fact that 10 of the 15 jobs being created will go to apprentices demonstrates a firm commitment to the future.”
Work is expected to be completed on the project in January and the firm should be ready to take orders four months later.
First published at 13:46, Friday, 25 October 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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