UK-based Cavendish Nuclear has signed two agreements with EDF Energy to support the latter’s nuclear power stations and their operations.

According to the Lifetime Enterprise Agreement (LEA) signed by the two firms, Cavendish Nuclear will continue offering fuel route and other services to EDF Energy’s seven Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor (AGR) stations as long as they continue operations.

The firm will also be responsible for services to EDF Energy’s Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) on similar terms.

The seven nuclear power stations owned by EDF Energy are Dungeness, Hartlepool, Heysham 1 & 2, Hinkley, Hunterston, Sizewell, and Torness.

It is estimated that the agreement has a value of more than £40m annually. On the basis of lifetime extensions of the nuclear reactors, it is likely to be extended to around 16 years, till last of the seven AGR power stations cease power generation.

"Cavendish Nuclear, along with the other Strategic Partners, are committed to supporting EDF Energy in their vital mission of keeping the lights on in the UK."

According to another EDF Energy Strategic Partnership for Lifetime Interface Agreement signed in 2010, the firms will maintain a collaborative approach towards business objectives and draw upon their core skills and expertise.

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Cavendish Nuclear managing director Roger Hardy said: "Cavendish Nuclear, along with the other Strategic Partners, are committed to supporting EDF Energy in their vital mission of keeping the lights on in the UK.

"These agreements provide us with the structure to do that and to safely maximise the output from EDF Energy’s existing fleet of nuclear stations."

Cavendish Nuclear’s EDF business director Phil Craig said: "Cavendish Nuclear has supported EDF Energy in the design and operation of its fleet since the stations were first constructed almost 40 years ago.

"We were the original designers, and manufactured the fuel handing equipment and other critical plant when the stations were first built.

"We are delighted that EDF Energy wants to continue and develop that relationship through to the end of the operating lives of the AGR fleet."