EDF says it has created EDF EPR Engineering UK to strengthen its nuclear engineering presence in the UK and optimise its project performance. EDF EPR Engineering UK incorporates teams already present in the UK from EDF Group, including EDF SA, Framatome, Edvance and EDF Energy as well as its partners. EDF EPR Engineering UK is a 100% subsidiary of Edvance (itself a subsidiary of EDF and Framatome).
With almost 600 employees, the core task of the subsidiary is to contribute to the delivery of engineering studies for the project to build two EPR units at the Hinkley Point C (HPC) site. According to EDF, it will provide support for technical decision-making at all project stages and during operations.
“EDF EPR Engineering UK brings together the full range of design engineering skills within the UK, against the backdrop of the UK government’s recent call for investment in the project to build new nuclear reactors at the Sizewell site,” EDF notes. “EDF’s aim in doing so is to capitalise more effectively on the knowledge acquired during the UK EPR construction project, while placing skills on a sustainable footing at a broader level within the Group.”
Xavier Ursat, EDF Group Senior Executive Vice-President, New Nuclear Projects & Engineering, commented: “Through the creation of EDF EPR Engineering UK, we are boosting our support for the UK nuclear programme, and providing an excellent framework for knowledge capitalisation for all future EPR projects.”
EDF EPR Engineering CEO UK Catherine Back said: “With this new subsidiary, we bring engineering and execution much closer together during the construction phase, while consolidating the skills that we have already acquired. It will also enable us to make optimum use of operating experience from the Hinkley Point C project, thereby delivering benefits in terms of replication for Sizewell C.”