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Forgemasters win funding for turbine rotors

A South Yorkshire-based engineering firm has won funding to cover up to half its costs in a £2.7M project researching new power generation technology.

Sheffield Forgemasters International (SFIL) has secured contract orders for generator and turbine rotors that will take until 2012 to complete, as fossil-fuelled power stations continue to be in demand by UK energy suppliers.

Regional development agency Yorkshire Forward has agreed a grant for up to £1.35M - half the project cost - which will be matched by SFIL to develop their components to withstand high temperatures.

Forgings for the new contracts have an average weight of 75-95 tonnes, and must meet specified and refined standards to operate in extreme heat.

It is thought the project will allow SFIL to access new markets worth more than £200 million per year, by developing the cleanliness of steelmaking through research into ingots and forging.

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  • This is very good news. Prospects of jobs in the UK are good for us all. Forging ingots up to 100 tonnes sounds big buisness, high quality, great. Our competitors are forging 600 tonne ingots for nuclear reactors. If we want to source our new nuclear from within the UK we need to aim much higher. Each reactor forging could be worth £200 million.

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