US-based Jacobs Solutions has won a new Project Management Resources (PMR) framework contract with EDF Nuclear Generation, licensee of eight NPP which account for some 16% of UK electricity output. EDF estimates the value of the new two-year contract, which starts in January 2024, at more than $53m.

Under an existing PMR framework, Jacobs supports operations at four advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) stations; the transition from generation to defuelling at another three AGR stations; and the operation and life extension programme for the Sizewell B pressurised water reactor.

This contract, now in its ninth year, supports work for more than 200 project management, project engineering specialists and site team supervisors. The new framework is being contracted single source in recognition of performance over previous years. Jacobs is now recruiting for locations across the UK and welcomes those with diverse, non-nuclear experience.

Jacobs Senior Vice President Karen Wiemelt said: "We will assist EDF to maximise generation from these vital national assets for the remainder of their operating lives and to support energy security and the target of achieving net-zero carbon by 2050. Simultaneously, we will assist the transition toward defueling and decommissioning at the stations which have ceased generating."

Image: The UK's Heysham II plant (courtesy of EDF)