Horizon awards key nuclear contracts in UK

Horizon Nuclear Power has awarded key contracts to three UK-based companies for the provision of engineering and related technical services.

The subsidiary of Hitachi has selected AMEC, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear as it plans to develop new nuclear power generation plants totalling at least 5400 MW at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire, England.

Under the contract, the suppliers and their supply chains will work with Horizon Nuclear Power for the next three years on consultancy and technical design activities for the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant.

The scope of the contracts covers development and planning; site investigation; engineering support; environmental permitting and waste management; and planning and project management support, in advance of main construction from 2018.

In a separate process, AMEC, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear have also been selected by Horizon Nuclear Power to provide regulatory licensing and safety case support.

Horizon COO Alan Raymant said, “Working with our new framework suppliers and their supply chains, I’m confident we will continue to progress our detailed plans as we prepare for our first formal public consultation next year. The signing of these contracts also highlights our commitment to working with UK suppliers where possible.”

The company will engage other parties for other works, services and goods that do not fall in this framework, such as physical works and assurance services.

The developers expect to secure the full range of licences and permissions for the first project by 2018 and at a minimum of 2700 MW. The first project, Wylfa Newydd, will generate enough clean energy to power up to three million homes.

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