Horizon has made three framework contracts with UK-based lead suppliers - AMEC, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear – for its planned new nuclear power stations at Wylfa on Anglesey and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire.
The frameworks cover consultancy and technical design activities for the next three years in the following areas:development and planning, site investigations, engineering support, environmental permitting and waste management, as well as planning and project management support.
The initial focus will be on Horizon’s lead Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station project.
The UK government has offered a financial support of a new nuclear power plant at Wylfa in north Wales. The cooperation agreement was signed with Hitachi and Horizon with the aim of being able to agree an "in-principle guarantee" for the financing of the new station by the end of 2016. However, the agreement is "subject to final due diligence and ministerial approval."
Preliminary site works are expected to start from 2015, leading to major on-site works in 2018 and the construction of the first nuclear station around 2019.
Managing Director of Atkins’ Nuclear business, Chris Ball, commented: “To be selected as a tier one supplier is testament to the success of Atkins’ long standing relationship with Horizon.
“We look forward to further combining our technical expertise, cultural values and local presence in the collaborative development of a sustainable and skilled supply chain to support the successful delivery of Wylfa and Oldbury.”
Clive White, President of AMEC’s Clean Energy Europe business, said: “AMEC has been involved in every single new build programme in the UK, and having the opportunity to partner with Horizon will allow us to support the delivery of nuclear power stations at Wylfa and Oldbury, creating both national and local employment opportunities.”
Horizon chief operating officer, Alan Raymant, remarked: “These contracts underline our aspiration to become a leading new nuclear utility company and demonstrate real momentum.
“Working with our new framework suppliers and their supply chains, I‘m confident we will continue to progress our detailed plans as we prepare for our first formal public consultation next year.
“The signing of these contracts also highlights our commitment to working with UK suppliers where possible.”