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Search for the AP1000 supply chain ramps up

The search for supply chain partners to deliver the AP1000 nuclear power plant in the UK stepped up in Manchester yesterday with the formal launch of “Nuclear Power Delivery UK” - a team consisting of Westinghouse, Shaw Group, Laing O’Rourke and Toshiba

Around 300 people packed into the Midland Hotel to see representatives of the UK team talk in detail about the range of opportunities that will be available to suppliers.

“The event was a tremendous success and we were absolutely delighted to welcome so many potential suppliers to the first event we have held as a newly formed team,” said Nuclear Power Delivery UK managing director Rita Bowser.

“The supply chain strategy for Nuclear Power Delivery UK is to “buy where we build” and we see the event as an important first step in establishing a robust supply chain that will work with us to deliver the AP1000 nuclear power plant to the UK and possibly beyond.”

“The market opportunities are huge for suppliers working with us - we estimate that the total opportunity for the UK economy could be worth in excess of £30bn if we were to build a fleet of 10 plants.”

More than 170 individual companies attended the event from all over the UK.  They heard from Horizon Nuclear Power chief operating officer Alan Raymant who outlined his company’s mission to develop around 6,000MW of new nuclear capacity by 2025 on land acquired at Wylfa on Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucestershire.  This, he said, would be an investment of at least £15bn.

Attendees also had an opportunity to hear a keynote address from Keith Waller from the government’s Office for Nuclear Development.  He outlined just how important it was that nuclear played a role in the UK to meet future energy needs and set out the opportunities that a programme of new build would bring to the UK both in terms of long term employment and supply chain opportunities.

Nuclear Power Delivery UK is now working with Horizon Nuclear Power in a formal tendering process, with a decision expected from Horizon around the end of 2010.

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