Energy services firm Wood Group is to provide technical assistance for a new reactor design for the proposed Bradwell nuclear power plant in Essex.
Wood Group will advise General Nuclear System (GNS), a joint venture between China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) and EDF Energy, on its designs for the new UK HPR1000 reactor as it goes through a safety approval process.
The proposed Bradwell nuclear power plant would sit next to the existing Magnox site. Initial plans show Bradwell would have 16 main buildings including an emergency diesel generator, a safeguarding area, a radioactive waste treatment building and the reactor building itself.
The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency are currently assessing the UKHPR1000 reactor for a Generic Design Assessment (GDA), which would give permission for the reactor to be built.
“This agreement advances our strategy to secure a key position in every UK nuclear new build. It also cements our role as a key partner in delivering the GDA for the UK HPR1000 reactor,” said Wood Group specialist technical solutions division chief executive Bob MacDonald.
“We are proud to be working on this project, which is breaking new ground for international co-operation in the nuclear industry.”
Last year Wood Group completed a £2.2bn takeover of rival engineering firm Amec Foster Wheeler. The group has previously advised on the GDA process for Hinkley Point C, Sizewell C and Wylfa power plants.
It has already worked with CGN on its plans for the Bradwell nuclear plant, including the GDA preliminary and pre-construction safety reports, and the GDA pre-construction environmental report.
Pictured is an HPR1000 reactor under construction at Fangchenggang, China.