WOOD has won a contract to support Hitachi’s work as architect engineer for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant in the UK.
Wood is responsible for supporting Hitachi Nuclear Energy in its architect engineer role on technical specifications, procurement and design integration as well as managing interfaces with the project management contractor Bechtel and the plant owner Horizon Nuclear Power. Wood says it expects the appointment will become a ten-year framework extending up to the start of commercial operations once the project passes further key milestones in 2019.
Hitachi and Horizon are proposing to build two UK advanced boiling water reactors in Anglesey, Wales. The UK government announced earlier this year that it is considering taking a £5bn (US$6.5bn) stake in the new £16bn plant. Hitachi expects to make a final investment decision on the plant next year. If it gives the project the green light, the first of the project’s two units are expected to come online in the mid-2020s. Once fully operational, the plant would provide around 6% of UK energy demand.
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