Industrial control and automation systems specialists Capula will design, qualify and manufacture safety critical Marshalling Cabinets for the UK’s first new nuclear power station in a generation
Staffordshire based Capula has successfully delivered a first of a kind prototype design for the safety classified Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Marshalling Cabinets for Hinkley Point C. The cabinets will link the station’s control systems together and will play a vital role in the station’s long-term operations.
The bespoke cabinet prototype, designed to meet the customer requirements, has been engineered at Capula’s industrial design and manufacturing facility in Stone and is currently undergoing inspection and quality checks prior to final qualification and acceptance for manufacture.
The prototype benefits from a fully optimised and ergonomically designed solution that will better support the final installation and wiring of the system.
Paul Bayliss, Capula Operations Director, said: “Designing and delivering a fit for purpose prototype is critical to the success of the project, it enables us to better understand the design and manufacturing process and seek valuable feedback from both our customer and manufacturing technicians.
This will ensure our final designs are fully optimised prior to manufacture so that we can we deliver a high-quality, right first time solution in line with the project’s demanding schedule”.
Dan Hawksworth, senior project manager within EDF’s electrical works programme, said: "The completion of the marshalling cabinet prototype represents a significant milestone not only for this contract, but the wider MEH programme.
“Moving into the next key phase we are confident the optimised design will be successful in meeting the qualification requirements, enabling the team to move on to the challenging series build of the marshalling cabinets."
The new nuclear power station in Somerset will help the UK cut its emissions to Net Zero and produce enough reliable low carbon electricity to meet 7% of the country’s needs.