The alliance will support EDF in those parts of its programme where it seeks a Franco-British team. This agreement broadens the scope of the partners’ alliance, The Nuclear Atkins Assystem Alliance (n.triple.a) formed in early 2011 to meet the needs of governments and utilities in countries interested in developing nuclear energy.
EDF Energy is planning to build four EPR units in the United Kingdom that will ultimately deliver 6.4 GW, helping to meet the country’s energy needs while adding a safe, affordable, low-carbon energy source to the country’s energy mix.
EDF and Assystem have a long-standing relationship in nuclear energy. Assystem has been by EDF’s side throughout the construction of France’s installed base and has continued to provide its expertise through operation and maintenance contracts. Atkins is a major British engineering and design consultancy with a deep involvement in the construction and operation of Britain’s nuclear power plants. It is also very active in the UK’s nuclear new build programme.
Together, Assystem and Atkins will combine their experience from the first EPR projects and knowledge of EDF’s operating methods with Atkins’ local presence and in-depth understanding of Britain’s nuclear energy programme.
Uwe Krueger, chief executive officer, Atkins explained: “The combination of Atkins’ and Assystem’s expertise in nuclear engineering offers unrivalled skills to clients in the nuclear new build sector. Over the past year, the two companies have forged strong working links and it made perfect sense to expand our alliance one year after its creation. Nuclear engineering is an integral part of Atkins’ growth strategy. The extension of our n.triple.a alliance gives us an even stronger platform from which to deliver nuclear services for new build programmes.”
Dominique Louis, Chairman of the Assystem Management Board, added: “Our collaboration with Atkins continues to deliver new benefits and allows us to move to a higher level of excellence for our clients. Our combined capabilities, unparalleled in today’s industry, are the best guarantee for deploying a safe, fully controlled nuclear power programme.”
The Nuclear Atkins Assystem Alliance has secured contracts in the Middle East and is active in the nuclear market internationally.
Assystem and Atkins teams are also working together on the ITER international nuclear fusion research project, after being selected in April 2010 as part of the Engage consortium to act as Building Architect Engineer. In addition, the partners are participating together in France’s offshore wind tender.