Doosan Babcock has signed a £70m agreement to provide lifetime support services for EDF Energy’s seven UK Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR) nuclear power stations.
The seven stations include Dungeness B, Hinkley Point B, Hunterston B, Hartlepool, Heysham 1, Heysham 2 and Torness collective produce 7,550MW of energy.
Under the lifetime enterprise agreement (LEA), Doosan Babcock will deliver projects to support life extension, which will extend the reactors’ operational lives, apart from supporting the current operation of the power stations.
In addition to this, Doosan Babcock will also provide operational support and lifetime extension services until the seven power stations ceases power generation.
The agreement will also create 1,000 new skilled jobs and support EDF Energy in offering secure, reliable, low carbon power for the UK.
Doosan Babcock nuclear service director Cameron Gilmour said, "The LEA is the result of close collaboration and a great deal of planning from both our companies, and will give EDF Energy access to a range of specialist skills and technologies that will support its UK power generation strategy long into the future."
EDF Energy nuclear operations director Brian Cowell said that the contract will allow the company continue to deliver the secure, reliable, low carbon electricity the UK needs now and into the future.
"Doosan Babcock’s unique range of skills and capabilities in nuclear engineering, combined with its longstanding relationship with EDF Energy, makes it the ideal partner to deliver the lifetime enterprise agreement," Cowell said.