VINCI Innovation Awards Success for Nuvia

Nuvia, part of global construction and concessions group VINCI, has scooped a Special Jury Prize at the 2017 VINCI Innovation Awards for its work on the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant in Lithuania.

L-R, Philippe Dewost – Chief Leonard Officer, VINCI presenting the Special Jury Prize to Nuvia’s Andrew Gunn, Phil Smith and Gordon Martland

At Ignalina Nuvia was contracted to design, supply, install and test equipment for the remote handling of spent nuclear fuel. This equipment, without precedent in Lithuania, had to meet the highest nuclear quality standards. The system designed by Nuvia consists of two fuel-handling machines – one for each of the two power station reactor units and a reinforced-concrete confinement cell – the “hot cell” – enabling safe remote handling of the fuel for control and inspection purposes.

The VINCI Innovation Awards take place every two years and are designed to showcase innovative projects developed by colleagues across the Group. This year over two thousand projects were submitted worldwide with Nuvia competing against over 160 applications in the UK regional competition to pick up one of twelve awards.

Dave Millington, Operations Director, said: The Nuvia Ignalina project team are worthy winners of this award which reflects their dedication and innovation over a long period. As a company Nuvia encourages colleagues to identify business improvements, develop new technologies and work collaboratively to support business growth and this award recognises our innovative approach to tackling complex engineering challenges.