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Nuclear & Defence

Lifting and handling objects in nuclear and defence installations requires a hugely different approach and skillset to regular commercial cranes and manipulators. No longer are off-the-shelf solutions sufficient, neither is the standard documentation they are sold with.

Discover a range of our nuclear handling projects:


SCX Special Projects has a track record in the nuclear and defence sectors spanning more than 20 years: from our first nuclear decommissioning project at Berkeley Power Station in 1997; to a range of bespoke on-board cranes for the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth class carriers.

Today we design some of the safest, most reliable mechanical handling systems in the sector. And our teams carry the experience of working directly with end customers, or via tendering and procurement frameworks.

SCX Special Projects has implemented lifting cranes and mechanical handling solutions at the majority of UK-licenced sites including Sellafield, Sizewell, Dounreay, Hunterston, Bradwell, Winfrith and many others. We have also engineered solutions for numerous defence projects, from manufacturing to package handling to sea-going cranes, for clients such as MoD, Rolls Royce, Bombardier, BAE and more.

 

 

We are well-versed in creating solutions that focus on safety case outcomes, while keeping value and project delivery front of mind.

Our approach combines modular lifting solutions, using robust, industry-proven technologies, with extensive EC&I capabilities. We customise and modify only where necessary, engineering the solution to your specific project requirements.

 

SCX Special Projects is also the exclusive UK licence holder for the MotoSuiveur failsafe hoist safety unit. The MotoSuiveur is a self-contained, passive and permissive safety system that drives both cost and complexity out of your safety case.

 

 

Get in touch today to talk more about how SCX Special Projects can deliver fit-for-purpose solutions to your lifting and mechanical handling challenges.

Find out More about Some of Our past Projects:

Take an in-depth look at some of the bespoke handling solutions created by SCX Special Projects for the Nuclear and Defence sectors.

Sellafield & CNSL: Pile Fuel Storage Pond Cranes
Sellafield required two enhanced handling systems to reach hard-to-access parts of the PFSP’s structure

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Queen Elizabeth-class Aircraft Carrier Cranes
BAE Ship Systems contracted SCX Special Projects to design and install bespoke cranes on two new carriers

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Magnox Harwell Vault Nuclear Crane Overhaul
SCX delivered a full electrical/mechanical upgrade of a 5t SWL overhead travelling crane and ancillary systems

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JSP 467/482 High Integrity Crane for MoD LPD
Two ship-sets of gantry cranes with collision detection were delivered to HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark

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COTS Crane for Nuclear With MotoSuiveur
SCX integrated a revolutionary load arrest device into a COTS hoist that fits the requirements of all budgets

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Bradwell FED Retrieval Crane
A semi-automatic FED Retrieval solution was developed to perform multiple waste-handling tasks

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Winfrith Dragon Polar Crane Refurbishment
SCX undertook the refurbishment of a 25t polar crane to safely fulfill Magnox's decommissioning plans

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Inverted Fork lift Handling Crane Eurofighters
A handling system was engineered for BAE to safely move hot sections of Eurofighter wing out of a furnace

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Dounreay - Drum Handling Crane
SCX delivered a double-girder, overhead travelling crane with a bespoke rotating and latching grapple

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F-35 Lightning Aerospace Production Line Handling
SCX created a first-of-a-kind production line solution to transfer aircraft components via trolleys on a monorail

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Semi-Automated 'Goliath' Raft Cranes
Two semi-automated and remotely controlled raft cranes both feature a sophisticated rotating and latching grapple

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Magnox Berkeley ILW Import/Export Nuclear Cranes
Two 32t nuclear cranes with semi-automated operation were delivered to handle intermediate level waste

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Nuclear Storage Pond Waste Removal
SCX delivered a bespoke single-stage mast and gantry assembly for a sludge retrieval vacuum pump

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BAE Nuclear Submarine Crane Refurbishment
SCX refurbished an 18-year-old crane at BAE Marine to meet updated nuclear standards

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Integrated Mast & Crane Rig for Decommissioning
Two waste retrieval systems with telescopic masts were developed and installed to remove submerged waste

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Trawsfynydd MOTS Crane
SCX supplied a crane system for handling 3m3 Nirex boxes containing low-level radioactive waste

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SCX Special Projects Ltd

Roman Ridge Road, Sheffield, S9 1GA, United Kingdom

t:  +44 (0)114 262 6199
e:  info@scx.co.uk