A West Cumbrian firm has landed a £1 million contract for a major European project.

TSP Engineering, based at Derwent Howe in Workington, will supply equipment to one of the largest science and technology research facilities in the world, being built in Sweden.

Due to open in 2023, the unique European Spallation Source will research neutrons – the building blocks of everything – and be home to the most powerful linear proton accelerator ever built.

The collaboration behind the scheme said it had the potential to lead to major breakthroughs.

TSP Engineering has won the contract to deliver electrical control and instrumentation equipment for the centre.

John Coughlan, chief executive of TSP Engineering, said it was a significant step for the company, especially with its ambitions to grow in the nuclear industry.

He added: “This shows the breath of capability of TSP Engineering.

"Most people know us for our mechanical engineering capability but were not aware

of our hidden talents in electrical design and electrical control and instrumentation equipment


"Winning a contract to supply such a prestigious project shows our expansive capabilities.

"We intend to further expand our electrical control and instrumentation division in the future with the help of our capable and talented people.”

TSP Engineering’s role in the high-profile project will be to deliver low voltage electrical panel, control and instrumentation cubicles, lighting system controls, bespoke junction boxes, cable harnesses, and maintenance cell and process cell facilities.

Mr Coughlan added: "Not only is this excellent news for TSP Engineering, it is also hugely beneficial for Cumbria and the supply chain.

"Engagement with new suppliers is taking place to ensure the project is carried out to the highest of standards, resulting in TSP Engineering’s supply chain expanding."

TSP Engineering is also currently working on the development of mini nuclear reactors.

The small modular reactors replace traditional power stations and it is hoped the Moorside site, next to Sellafield, will be considered as a suitable location.

Several companies, including a consortium led by Rolls-Royce, are working on the new technology.

TSP Engineering is at the prototype stage of its reactors and said, if they go into production, would be manufactured in Workington, creating around 1,000 jobs.

TSP Engineering is a wholly-owned subsidiary of British Steel. It operates as a standalone and independent company and was not affected when British Steel was put into compulsory liquidation last May.