Hitachi seek supply-chain contractors for two new UK nuclear power stations

Horizon Nuclear PowerHitachi-GE has formed a UK delivery team to lead an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) scope of work for Horizon Nuclear Power for their nuclear new build projects at Wylfa Newydd and Oldbury-on-Severn.

The EPC work which Hitachi-GE leads will account for some 85-90% of the overall project scope, and entail a multi-billion pound supply chain spend.

Opportunities exist for companies providing goods and services ranging from high-specification systems, through a complete spectrum of manufactured goods, to a multi-thousand strong construction workforce entailing civils, M&E, construction labor and much more.

The service sector opportunities associated with a peak site-workforce of some 8,500 workers also provide an immense opportunity for local firms and workforces.

However there are real and meaningful opportunities for UK, Welsh and local companies to play a very significant role.

The company has meanwhile confirmed the incorporation of a new UK company – Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd. – which will lead its work in a proposed Tier-1 joint venture, as well as significant further progress with potential joint venture partners Bechtel Management Company, Ltd. (“Bechtel”) and JGC Corporation (“JGC”).

Executive Officer of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Shunsuke Utena said: “Wylfa is a UK project, and it’s essential that we have devolved UK-management. Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd. will lead our work in the proposed joint venture and further embed Hitachi as a UK nuclear company”.

Meanwhile the Dept for Energy (DECC) has given the go ahead for a new electric line connection, which will form a major part of the infrastructure needed for the transmission of electricity from Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

The project will be the first scheme to use the new T-pylon, which resulted from a competition held in 2011 by the Royal Institute of British Architects, DECC and National Grid to explore the potential for a new generation of pylon design.

A DECC spokesman said: “Hinkley will kick-start new nuclear in the UK, providing financial and energy security for generations to come as we move towards a low-carbon future. UK companies will benefit from much of the work, and thousands of jobs will go to people living near to the new site.”

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