28 November 2017

JFMS recognised for specialist subsea UXO clearance campaign at Hinkley Point C

JFMS has been praised by Costain for the completion of a five month specialist unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey campaign at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project.

JFMS’s subsea division completed the five month UXO campaign at Hinkley Point C for during the summer. The company provided a turnkey solution to safely survey, identify and dispose of any UXO identified at Hinkley Point C in order to ensure the site was free from UXO risks prior to the construction of the seawater cooling system by Costain.

Matthew Friedlander Moseley, senior engineer and package manager at Costain said of the campaign:

“I’ve been impressed by the high level of professionalism of all involved. There has been a huge amount of interest in the UXO works as it’s the first offshore element of the marine works that’s been operational.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for working hard in challenging conditions.”

JFMS provided a team of well-trained and experienced professionals to deliver the campaign with the aid of world-leading technology and equipment. Four explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers successfully and safely identified five World War II (WWII) general purpose bombs under challenging conditions, including limited visibility and high tidal flow.  Specialist tooling was used to beam images to the surface team, which was able to positively identify the UXO. JFMS then worked closely with the Royal Navy to ensure the safe and controlled disposal of all five identified UXO.

Ian Hughes, managing director at JFMS subsea division concluded:

“The works have highlighted that JFMS has the capability and expertise to deliver large-scale UXO campaigns to allow our clients to perform permanent work on the seabed in the knowledge that all potential UXO targets have been investigated and disposed of, in accordance with stringent regulation and statutory requirements.”

The JFMS subsea team was also recently voted ‘best construction and erection supplier 2017’ by EDF Energy at its HPC excellence awards, in further recognition of its professionalism in helping to ensure the subsea environment was UXO free and safe to operate in, as the new nuclear construction project moves into its next phase.

Hughes concluded:                                                                                

“I would like to congratulate the team on such a professional approach and their excellent workmanship and safety that’s applied to all operations. I’m very proud they’ve received this recognition on such a prestigious project.”

This is not the first time JFMS has delivered a high-level of service on site at Hinkley Point C. In 2015, JFMS successfully delivered a similar UXO campaign whereby 34 potential UXO targets were located and inspected.