Chesterfield Special Cylinders (CSC) has been awarded a contract by integrated energy provider EDF Energy to test the gas storage facilities at its UK nuclear power plants.

Under the contract, CSC will conduct the safety-critical inspection, testing and refurbishment of EDF Energy’s high pressure gas storage facilities for the latter’s Heysham 2 and Torness nuclear power plants.

CSC, a gas containment solutions specialist, will remove, inspect, test, refurbish and re-install each set of gas cylinders in turn at each site, enabling EDF Energy’s systems to continue uninterrupted.

Stephen Butler, Director of CSC’s integrity management team, enthused, “This is a highly prestigious contract, given the stature of EDF Energy as a leading global energy provider and the safety-critical nature of the project.”

The contract, of which financial details were not disclosed, spans a 12-month period.

The Heysham 2 nuclear power station in Lancashire is an advanced gas-cooled reactor type, with two reactors. Torness nuclear power station in East Lothian was the final, second generation nuclear power plant to be commissioned in the UK, coming online in 1998.

CSC’s typical product range covers cylinders with a capacity range from 0.5-3,000 litres and with working pressures from 100-600 bar. Its services include system design solutions, cylinder manufacturing and cylinder retesting and refurbishment.