New Projects, Nuclear

Wood wins additional work on Hinkley Point C nuclear project in U.K.

Global energy infrastructure firm Wood plc will advise construction design management for the ongoing Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project in the U.K., the Scottish company announced Thursday.

The new contract with project developers EDF Energy gives Wood a key strategic role in the Hinkley Point C’s technical management and acceptable team. That unit is responsible for implementing construction regulations and managing design risk assessments.

“We are looking forward to working with EDF Energy on another aspect of this project which is so vital to the U.K.’s future energy security,” Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood’s Specialist Technical Solutions business, said in a statement. “Our nuclear business has played a key role in every U.K. nuclear new build, and this contract supports our strategy to increase our involvement at Hinkley Point C.”

Wood already provides safety case, engineering support, equipment qualification services and is sole supplier for independent verification of ultrasound inspections on critical safety components at the project.

The 3,200-MW nuclear project in Somerset, which is expected to cost up to 25 billion Euros ($28B U.S.), includes construction of two reactors. Upon completion, it would be England’s first new nuclear station since the 1990s.

Contractors began work on Hinkley Point C in 2017. French utility EDF is heading the project and hopes to complete it by 2025.

Wood plc works on projects worldwide, from power plants to refineries and pipelines, among many. The company’s 2018 revenues totaled more than $11 billion.

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