US-based Jacobs said on 20 May it had signed a partnership agreement with NNB Generation Company (HPC) Ltd, which is building the Hinkley Point C NPP in the UK. Under the agreement, Jacobs will remain a strategic partner on the project until the station is commissioned and its status as a preferred supplier in agreed areas of scope and support is confirmed. It is the first time that NNB Genco, majority owned by Électricité de France has signed a partnership agreement with a professional services provider and it paves the way for similar agreements for HPC and its wider supply chain.

“This agreement enables us to broaden the services we offer and to invest in our teams so that we can deliver greater value while helping to create a more connected, sustainable world,” said Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions International Senior Vice President Clive White.

Jacobs has been closely involved with the Hinkley Point C project since the outset, and will continue supporting licensing and permitting applications to UK regulators and acting as delivery partner for programme, project and construction management services on the earthworks, main civil works, marine works and heat sink systems. Jacobs also provides a broad range of specialist engineering and technical services, including equipment qualification for IT and telecommunications systems, HVAC dampers, sensors, thermocouples, polar crane, and smart devices and their associated software. Jacobs’ Inspection Validation Centre in Warrington, UK is the project’s sole supplier of independent assessment and assurance for all aspects of non-destructive testing inspection qualification.