Horizon appoints Bechtel for Wylfa project management

Chikara Takeuchi, Managing Director, Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe Ltd; John Atwell, Project Management Contractor, Project Director, Bechtel; Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Nuclear Power signing the contracts

Horizon Nuclear Power has appointed Bechtel as Project Management Contractor (PMC) for its proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on the Isle of Anglesey.

Horizon has also signed further contracts with Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe and JGC New Energy UK Limited (JGC) to continue to provide support during the project’s development stage.

Bechtel, who will have nearly 200 employees embedded within Horizon, will oversee the project management of the power station, together with Horizon. The company has been involved in more than 150 nuclear plants, acting as architect engineer for 71 plants and constructing 42. The company will sit at the heart of the Wylfa Newydd project organisation, leading the contractual and commercial interface with suppliers on behalf of Horizon.

Assuming a successful project outcome, Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe will deliver the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactors for the power station, also drawing on their technology expertise to act as Architect Engineer. JGC will continue to provide a range of specialist services around the ‘Balance of Plant’, the supporting components and systems needed to deliver the energy beyond the generating unit itself.

Duncan Hawthorne, CEO of Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “These world-leading companies bring a wealth of nuclear, engineering and construction expertise to complement our growing organisation and will help us replicate the cost and schedule successes of the previous four ABWR reactors. The UK still needs reliable nuclear power to help transform our energy mix, and we are gearing up to deliver that. Our first power station will be cheaper than what has gone before and after that, with smart financing, supply chain learnings and no need for first time overheads, future project costs will fall further still.”

Barbara Rusinko, President, Nuclear, Security and Environmental at Bechtel, said “We’ve been part of the Horizon family for several years, and it’s been a pleasure to work alongside the company as it has evolved through its development phase. We look forward to continuing to bring our expertise to the construction of the UK’s next new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd in our new role as Project Management Contractor.”

The embedding of Bechtel within Horizon will mirror the kind of client/contractor relationship that has been successful in delivering the previous four ABWR nuclear reactors on time and on budget.