Specialist firm wins multi-million pound nuclear power station contract

Work at Hinkley Point

Engineering firm Wood has won a multi-million pound contract to provide engineering and technical services at a new nuclear power station.

The work to Hinkley Point C in Somerset, the UK’s first new nuclear power station for more than 20 years.

The Hinkley Technical Support Alliance (HTSA) agreement will last for five years with an optional five-year extension.

Wood will provide station developers EDF Energy with full life cycle services to improve project delivery and commercial performance.

Bob MacDonald, chief executive of Wood’s Specialist Technical Solutions business which is based in the North West, said: “We are looking forward to providing additional support to EDF Energy on a project which is vital to the UK’s energy security and the transition to a lower carbon energy mix.

“This positions us as a key strategic partner at Hinkley Point C, maintaining our track record of playing a key role in every UK nuclear new build project since the inception of the industry.”

Covering technical and engineering services across all elements of the project, the HTSA agreement will also improve the project’s technical supply chain delivery.

Wood already provides similar professional services to EDF Energy Nuclear Generation under a long-term agreement to support the UK’s eight existing nuclear power stations.

At Hinkley Point C, Wood provides construction design management advisory services, safety case and engineering support, and equipment qualification services in several key areas.

Wood is also the project’s sole supplier for independent verification of ultrasound inspections on safety critical components.

Wood’s nuclear business employs more than 1,300 people in the North West of England, mainly at Knutsford and Birchwood in Cheshire and at Sellafield and Whitehaven in Cumbria.

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