Hitachi selects partners to construct Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant

23 October 2018 (Last Updated October 23rd, 2018 11:47)

Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe has appointed three additional partners; Atkins, KBR, and Wood, to support the construction of Wylfa Newydd Welsh nuclear power station.

Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe has appointed three additional partners; Atkins, KBR, and Wood, to support the construction of Wylfa Newydd Welsh nuclear power station.

As part of the project team, Atkins will support civil engineering design for the nuclear island, while KBR will work on project controls and UK-based engineering firm Wood will support architect engineering.

Each partner will operate directly under contract to Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe and will be supporting the construction works at the site.

Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe project director Eric Chassard said: “Wood has been involved in every nuclear new build in UK history. KBR and Atkins are also world leaders in their fields, with clear and proven experience on projects of this scale and complexity.

“The pedigree, expertise and detailed knowledge of all three partners are second to none. We are rapidly developing a team of the world’s most capable companies as we prepare to deliver the Nuclear Island and Architect-Engineering for Wylfa Newydd, and couldn’t have found stronger partners to support us.”

"Once operational, the Welsh nuclear power plant is expected to employ up to 850 people, and during the peak construction phase, the plant is expected to hire 9,000 people."

Horizon Nuclear Power company has developed plans to build 5.8GW nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire.

Once operational, the Welsh nuclear power plant is expected to employ up to 850 people, and during the peak construction phase, the plant is expected to hire 9,000 people.

For this project, Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe will be collaborating with Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy and will work under contract with Horizon as architect engineer for the project as well as the provider of engineering and procurement for the Nuclear Island.

Chassard added: “Once operational, Horizon’s plant at Wylfa Newydd will produce some 2.9GW of clean, secure and affordable electricity – and its development will provide once-in-a-generation economic opportunities for the UK nuclear industry and the region of North West Wales.”

In August of this year, Hitachi selected Bechtel as the project management contractor for Wylfa Newydd.