Sandvik Materials Technology has secured a record order for nuclear tubes and pipes from a world-leading low carbon energy company for the development of nuclear power stations in the United Kingdom.

The Scandinavian steelmaker will supply nuclear tubes and pipes in 29 dimensions in grade 3R65, a molybdenum-alloyed austenitic stainless chromium-nickel steel with a low carbon content. The tubes will be mainly used to connect different systems close to the second reactor at the Hinkley Point C power station in Bristol, England.

The materials will require a high degree of cleanliness to meet the nuclear RCC-M design code, with firm controls on instructions and procedures and regular on-site third-party inspections during manufacturing.

The tubes and pipes will be manufactured at Sandvik’s production unit in Sandviken, Sweden.

This is the second order from the energy company for Sandvik nuclear materials. In 2018, the company was commissioned to provide a package of tubes for the first reactor at Hinkley Point C. The order was delivered during 2019 and 2020.

“We succeeded thanks to a strong commitment from everyone involved, from the first customer sales contact, through the internal supply chain to final delivery with impressive teamwork."

Anders Frelin, regional sales manager, nuclear power, EMEA, Sandvik Materials Technology.

A provider of specialist materials and knowledge for next-generation nuclear power supply, Sandvik has supported the nuclear industry for more than 60 years and has a 155-year steelmaking heritage. The company has delivered 60 million metres of nuclear fuel tubes to more than 100 reactors worldwide.