Atkins, Amec and Babcock subsidiary Cavendish Nuclear have been appointed by Horizon Nuclear Power to work up technical designs for its planned nuclear power stations at Wylfa on Anglesey and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire.
The announcement came after it was revealed that Hitachi subsidiary Horizon had signed a co-operation agreement with the Treasury with the aim of being able to agree in principle on a UK government guarantee for a new nuclear power station on Anglesey.
It means Horizon can now talk to funders about financing the scheme and gives it confidence to start detailed design.
Amec, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear will be working collaboratively with Horizon for the next three years on consultancy and technical design activities for Horizon’s lead site and will support the development of expertise within the company itself.
Horizon said their work will be crucial in helping it continue its planning and preparation for main construction from 2018.
As a result of a separate process, Horizon has also selected Amec, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear to provide regulatory licensing and safety case support.