Jacobs Engineering Group has won a three-year framework contract from Horizon Nuclear Power, to provide engineering support services for two new ABWR nuclear power plants at Wylfa and Oldbury in the United Kingdom.
The agreement, announced 16 December, follows the award of three other strategic contracts with AMEC, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear in December 2013. The value of the contract was not disclosed.
"The four successful lead suppliers and their supply chains will work with Horizon for the next three years on consultancy and technical design activities for Horizon's lead site, Wylfa Newydd, and to support the development of expertise within Horizon itself," said Horizon Chief Operating Officer, Alan Raymant.
Specifically, Jacobs' work will comprise on site investigation, engineering, environmental permitting and waste management, and project management support. Jacobs, which has been supporting Horizon since 2010, said the work will be carried out at several of its UK offices.
Hitachi-owned Horizon envisages the construction of at least two 1350 MW Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWRs) at Wylfa and Oldbury. Horizon is planning and preparing for main construction at Wylfa Newydd 'from 2018,' with nuclear construction envisaged around 2019.
Acquisition of Stobbarts improves Jacobs' nuclear capability
In related news, Jacobs has acquired Cumbrian-based firm Stobbarts, improving its capabilities in nuclear, decommissioning and construction.
Stobbarts, which was established over 25 years ago, brings expertise in building, civil engineering, facilities management, demolition, decommissioning, ground works, term contracts, nuclear works, formwork, joinery and responsive repairs and maintenance.
The acquisition adds 300 field services staff to Jacobs' operations in West Cumbria.
"Jacobs has significantly grown its presence in West Cumbria in recent years; and the addition of Stobbarts now further expands our resource base and expertise, allowing us to enhance our service offerings and provide increasing opportunities for employees, " said Group vice president Conor Doyle.
Photo: Existing magnox reactors at Wylfa (Source: Magnox Ltd)