The new Alliance of engineering companies that will support EDF EPR Engineering in delivering the Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C NPPs in the UK. Partners include Assystem, AtkinsRealis, Jacobs and Vulcain Engineering.

Assystem said the Alliance has been created to orchestrate collaboration between the four key partners and EDF EPR Engineering, with the aim of delivering exceptional value, through enhanced efficiency, investment, and collaboration.

As complex infrastructure, NPPs require skills across the engineering, trades, and professional services spectrum, representing economic eco-systems that offer high value careers for decades. To sustain such demand engineering companies must make long-term investments to train and recruit skilled people to ensure their availability in years to come.

The Alliance will support the supply chain to make these strategic investments and this will create a solid plan for careers in nuclear that will help to attract more people to work in the sector and stimulate more apprenticeships, re-training programmes and graduate opportunities.

As part of the Alliance, Assystem will utilise its experience in new generation reactors, particularly in the design of the EPR, to lead on the power plant’s engineering design maturity, that will be replicated on, and drive efficiency for, the construction of Sizewell C. The team is also involved with field engineering, drawing on its expertise in digital, to accelerate the construction and commissioning of Hinkley Point C.

Andy Bedford,Assystem’s UK Nuclear New Build Senior Business Unit Director said the Alliance represents a milestone moment for the delivery of Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C in the UK. “This new alliance will support collaboration between the main companies and Assystem is a committed partner in this mission and in the overall investment in the UK’s nuclear sector, that will be the bedrock of the country’s energy transition programme.”