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Atkins bags civils design contract on Wylfa nuclear plant

Wylfa newydd nuclear power station 3to2

Atkins is one of three companies to have been awarded deals by Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe to assist with the design and construction of the £15bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant on the Isle of Anglesey.

The two other companiesthat have won deals to support the delivery of the plant are KBR and Wood.

Hitachi will deliver the nuclear plant while its construction will be managed by Hitachi-owned developer Horizon Nuclear Power.

Atkins, which was bought by SNC Lavalin last year, is set to assist the civil engineering design for the plant, while KBR will work on project controls, and Wood will support the plant’s architectural engineering.

Construction of the plant could start as soon as 2020 and is expected to create approximately 8,500 jobs.

The awarding of the deals has come after the government confirmed that it had started talks with Hitachi in June over a funding deal that would enable construction of the project.

In August, Bechtel also signed a deal to be the project management contractor for the scheme.

A representative for Atkins said: ”Our client and the Wylfa Newydd development are drawing upon one of the largest and most experienced teams of engineers who have specialist knowledge gained from our work on projects, such as Hinkley Point C and ITER, and the development of software and technology that are key to the nuclear new build industry.”

Speaking of the awarded contracts, Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe project director Eric Chassard added: “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.”

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