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Cleveland close to big steel wins

CLEVELAND Bridge is hoping to close a brace of deals that would see it supply steel for two aircraft carriers and win work at the site of the world's worst nuclear accident.

The firm is a level two supplier for two aircraft carriers that will be built at Rosyth in Scotland for a defence consortium which includes BAE Systems.

Cleveland is hoping to fabricate a large proportion of the 60,000 tonnes of steel required at its yard in Darlington before transporting it north.

The firm expects the value of its share of the contract to be worth around £50 million, although work has been delayed while designs for the ships' computer systems are finalised.

And the steel firm is still in talks about a £35 million contract for a Vinci/Bouygues team to build a giant steel cover over the former nuclear power station at Chernobyl in the Ukraine.

Officials are worried a concrete case is beginning to crumble and may leak.

The French team is preferred bidder for the work, which has been held up by the country's general election last month.

Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident when one of the plant's nuclear reactors blew up, eventually killing thousands.