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Aircraft carrier deal won by Ormandy

Bradford based Ormandy Group has won the contract to provide the water treatment, boosting and hot water equipment for the two largest warships ever built in the UK.

The 65,000 tonne aircraft carriers are being procured by the Ministry of Defence at a total cost of £3.9 billion.

The water treatment plant on board the carriers – to be named HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince Of Wales – will produce more than 500 tonnes of fresh water daily.

The ships, which can each carry 40 aircraft, will be delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance – a grouping comprising industry suppliers and the Ministry of Defence, which acts as both client and participant. 

For the manufacturing phase, the industrial participants include BVT Surface Fleet, Thales UK, Babcock and BAE Systems.

Ormandy has been working closely with Thales UK, the specialist electronics and systems group covering the defence, aerospace and security markets, for over two years.

Ormandy managing director Paul Cooper: “This is a highly prestigious and exciting contract,
The whole group is buzzing with excitement about this and everyone is highly motivated to put all of this performance critical equipment together.

“It is a great confidence boost for us and to the rest of the industry to be able to secure such valuable work at a time of considerable economic uncertainty.”

Among the units Ormandy is supplying are two ship-sets each comprising three hydrophore units and water treatment plant, duty/standby pumps operating at 12 litres/sec @ 8 Bar G with three 500-litre accumulators built to PD 5500 cat III and Lloyd's Register's Rules and Regulations.

Also included in the contract are three calorifier packages for each ship with two 1,400-litre stainless steel vessels, 240kW immersion heaters and two 500-litre expansion vessels, all meeting the PD5500 cat III specification and Lloyds’ rules.