The UK consortium leading the bid for the Westinghouse AP1000 new-build, Nuclear Power Delivery UK, has signed a round of MOUs with three supply chain partners: BAE Systems, Doosan Power Systems and Rolls-Royce.
Nuclear Power Delivery UK consists of Westinghouse, Shaw, Toshiba and Laing O'Rourke.
The memoranda are the second that Westinghouse has signed with the companies.
Adrian Bull, Westinghouse UK head of stakeholder relations, tells NEI:
"The first MOUs were set up as Westinghouse, two and a bit years ago. At that point Horizon didn't exist, NPD UK didn't exist, and the UK market development was less clear.
"They outlined work between Westinghouse and the three organisations in supply chain development, work that has been largely completed.
"We wanted to take the next step, but we have no contractual committment yet, we have not yet been selected by Horizon.
"There is a lot of work in pricing, scope, who does what, to hit the ground running. Even when Horizon makes an announcement this year, in the early part of the year we hope, it will only be a technology selection, there will still be work to do before people make binding contracts."