EDF Energy chooses Hardide coating for nuclear valves

Graham Young, steam & rotating plant engineer at EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point B nuclear power station, said that the coating’s ability to coat internal surfaces evenly, its performance in testing and the ease of implementation and maintenance made Hardide the solution of choice.

“It has enabled us to continue to use the existing equipment which would be very expensive to replace, as well as require validation and safety case development, and will allow us to operate smoothly between planned outages,” said Young.

Phil Kirkham, CEO of Hardide Coatings, said: “Securing EDF Energy as a new customer and solving this challenging problem at Hinkley B demonstrates the ability of the Hardide coating to provide a cost-effective and technically superior wear solution in critical applications. We are working with EDF Energy on other opportunities and look forward to developing a long and productive working relationship.”