Queen Elizabeth's fuel supply system equipment made in UK

The thermal expansion vessels for the fuel supply system were manufactured by Abbot & Co.

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Updated on 17 Jan 2018 14:10 GMT

Abbott & Co (Newark) Ltd has manufactured pressure vessels, including equipment for the fuel supply system, as part of the construction of the largest warship to be built in Britain, the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The UK firm manufactured a variety of pressure equipment for the ship, including thermal expansion vessels for the fuel supply system and diesel engine starter vessels.

The pressure vessels are all certified to Lloyd's Register's (LR) Naval Rules. Abbott & Co has factory approval from LR for Fusion Welded Pressure Vessels Class 1, 2/2 and Class 3.

Abbott & Co is based in Newark, Nottinghamshire, and supplies pressure vessels, air receivers and heat exchangers to a variety of clients, including process pressure vessels for oil and gas companies and both pressure vessels and air receivers for the Ministry of Defence.

Henry Price, managing director at Abbott & Co, said: "The company is tremendously proud the have been in involved in such a prestigious project with Lloyd's Register. It's great to have local people from Newark working on a project of national importance. There's a real sense of camaraderie. It's also brilliant for manufacturing in the UK - we have a good number of young people involved in the project such as this as it helps show British industry at its best."

The Queen Elizabeth class is a class of two aircraft carriers of the UK's Royal Navy. The lead ship, the Queen Elizabeth, was commissioned in December 2017. The second, HMS Prince of Wales, was launched last month and is planned to be commissioned in 2020.