Hitachi subsidiary Horizon Nuclear Power has selected US-based engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) firm Bechtel as the project management contractor for a new, two-reactor nuclear plant called Wylfa Newydd in the UK.
The 2,700MW Wylfa Newydd power station will be built on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales.
It is part of the UK’s plans to offer low-carbon energy by replacing ageing nuclear stations and fossil fuel plants with modern nuclear plants and renewable energy.
Upon completion, Wylfa Newydd is expected to generate enough low-carbon electricity to power nearly 5.5 million homes and businesses in the region.
Bechtel government services and commercial nuclear power business president Barbara Rusinko said: “This is a critically important project for the UK and the future of nuclear power.
“We are honoured to be selected for this important role and committed to the long-term future of nuclear as a safe and reliable, 24/7 provider of electricity.”
As part of the contract, Bechtel project management, procurement, and subcontract management team will be integrated within Horizon’s organisation to lead the commercial and contractual relationships with local, UK, and global suppliers that will be required to complete the project.
For more than six decades, Bechtel has performed services on more than 150 nuclear power plants across the globe including Watts Bar Unit 2 in Tennessee, which is reported to be the first to come online in the 21st century.