EDF is to commence a project aimed at improving power plant resilience to extreme weather conditions in the UK, expected to become more prevalent due to climate change.

The £500,000 ($857,000) project aims to build knowledge of the natural hazards that could impact high-value energy infrastructure, such as power stations and transmission networks.

Over the next three years EDF plans to develop a framework and best practice approach for UK power plant developers to identify natural hazards, resulting in a “how-to guide” for project engineers.

The nuclear power giant has been appointed by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to run the project.

Last month, the Institute of Civil Engineers warned that the UK’s infrastructure was becoming increasingly exposed to extreme weather events linked to climate change, and called on the government to ensure that any new projects have higher levels of resilience than has been the case in the past.