Horizon signs design contract with Hitachi-GE

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced the signing of a major contract with its reactor technology provider, and primary contractor, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE). 

The Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract sets the framework for design work to be undertaken for the proposed new build project at Wylfa.
Horizon’s Chief Operating Officer Alan Raymant said: “This is a multi-million pound contract stretching over several years, and represents another major step forward in our project”.
“It will support our site development work, allow us to assess the best construction timetable for Wylfa, feed into our public consultations and support the supply chain development strategy. Wylfa is an excellent site for a new nuclear power station, and with the FEED contract in place we will be able to work with Hitachi-GE to develop plans to bring this project to life.”
Mr Hidetoshi Takehara, President of Hitachi-GE, said: “We are delighted to have signed this contract with Horizon, it is a further step forward in the early phase work towards site readiness.”
“The FEED contract puts in place the commercial arrangements under which we will work up site-specific design plans for Horizon’s project at Wylfa.”
Horizon and Hitachi will be running supplier events next week in Llandudno and Gloucester to share information about the project with potential suppliers, and has recently invited expressions of interest in a small number of procurement opportunities.
Alan Raymant said: “The majority of the supply chain opportunities will flow from the manufacturing and construction programme, managed by Hitachi-GE on our behalf. In addition, there will be early opportunities to support Horizon’s site development activities, and our work building our capability to become the owner and operator of nuclear power stations.
“We’ll be looking for suppliers to demonstrate they can deliver to time, cost and quality. We’ll also look for suppliers to be innovative in their proposals, making best use of the expertise locally, regionally and nationally.”

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