Horizon Nuclear announce contractor-bidding details for its new UK atom plant

Duncan Hawthorne
Duncan Hawthorne

Horizon Nuclear Power has appointed Menter Newydd, a specially created joint venture, to deliver the Wylfa Newydd new nuclear power plant.

Menter Newydd, meaning New Venture in Welsh, is a joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd., Bechtel Management Company, Ltd. and JGC Corporation (UK) Ltd  and will be responsible for the construction of Wylfa Newydd, overseen by Horizon Nuclear Power.

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive of Horizon (and a former Scottish nuclear power station director), said: “The depth and breadth of expertise Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel and JGC bring to the Menter Newydd venture will help us ensure the timely delivery of our project, which will be vital for meeting the UK’s energy gap and boosting the local economy in North Wales for decades to come.”

Menter Newydd will increase its UK presence in the coming weeks and months, developing construction plans for the Wylfa Newydd site and continuing to build supply chain relationships. Hitachi-GE, which has been operating under a FEED contract to Horizon for more than three years, will continue to provide the UK ABWR technology, under sub-contract to Menter Newydd. 

Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.

The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire.

Its power station sites will employ up to 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce of around 4,000 workers for the majority of the time and between 8,000 and 10,000 during peak periods.

All sub-contractor selections will be made jointly by Menter Newydd, though contracts will be issued by the partner companies on its behalf.

Suppliers interested in Menter Newydd contracts should register details at www.hitachi-hgne.co.uk

 

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