Horizon Nuclear hires Bechtel for Wylfa plant

Horizon Nuclear Power has appointed construction firm Bechtel as project management contractor for its proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales.

Horizon has also signed deal with Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe and JGC New Energy UK Limited to continue to provide support during the project’s development stage.

Bechtel will have nearly 200 employees embedded within Horizon and will oversee the project management of the power station together with Horizon.

Bechtel has been involved in more than 150 nuclear plants, acting as architect engineer for 71 and constructing 42.

Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe will deliver the UK advanced boiling water reactors for the power station, while JGC will continue to provide a range of specialist services around the supporting components and systems needed to deliver the energy beyond the generating unit itself.

Duncan Hawthorne, chief executive of Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “These world-leading companies bring a wealth of nuclear, engineering and construction expertise to complement our growing organisation and will help us replicate the cost and schedule successes of the previous four ABWR reactors. The UK still needs reliable nuclear power to help transform our energy mix, and we are gearing up to deliver that. Our first power station will be cheaper than what has gone before and after that, with smart financing, supply chain learnings and no need for first time overheads, future project costs will fall further still.”

Horizon, which is a subsidiary of Hitachi, hopes to build a second plant nearà‚ Oldbury-on-Severnà‚ in England. Both Wylfa and Oldbury are awaiting a final go-ahead decision.

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