Horizon Nuclear Power, a subsidiary of Hitachi, has awarded key contracts to three UK-based companies, AMEC, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear, for the provision of engineering and related technical services.
The company has selected the lead suppliers in a competitive procurement process based on their range of expertise, value for money criteria and alignment with Horizon's company values.
The company plans to develop new nuclear power generation plants totalling at least 5,400MW at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire.
Under the contract, the suppliers and their supply chains will work with Horizon Nuclear Power for the next three years on consultancy and technical design activities for the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant.
The scope of the contracts covers development and planning; site investigation; engineering support; environmental permitting and waste management; and planning and project management support. These works will help the company plan and prepare for main construction from 2018.
In a separate process, AMEC, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear have also been selected by Horizon Nuclear Power to provide regulatory licensing and safety case support.
Horizon COO Alan Raymant said these contracts underscore its aspiration to become a leading new nuclear utility company and demonstrate real momentum.
Raymant said: "Working with our new framework suppliers and their supply chains, I'm confident we will continue to progress our detailed plans as we prepare for our first formal public consultation next year.
"The signing of these contracts also highlights our commitment to working with UK suppliers where possible."
Horizon Nuclear Power will engage other parties for other works, services and goods that do not fall in this framework, such as physical works and assurance services.
Additionally, the UK HM Treasury has agreed to support the financing of the development of the project through a UK Guarantee Scheme, subject to final due diligence and ministerial approval.
The developers expect to secure the full range of licences and permissions for the first project by 2018 and at a minimum of 2,700MW. The first project, Wylfa Newydd, will generate enough clean energy to power up to three million homes.