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9th December 2014
NuGen are powering ahead with plans for its Moorside project, awarding a major environmental services contract to AMEC Foster Wheeler, an international engineering and project management company.
The contract, which begins with immediate effect, is one of the first publicly announced contracts and signals NuGen’s upward shift in driving forward the multi-billion pound project - the largest nuclear new build project in Europe.
AMEC Foster Wheeler will provide specialised environmental consultancy support in preparation for the three AP1000® Westinghouse reactors planned to be constructed by 2026. The reactors, once operational, will generate 3.4GW of electricity, equating to seven percent of the UK’s total electricity requirements.
Bart Volbrecht, Director of Nuclear Operations at NuGen, said the company was powering forward with plans for its Moorside project. “This contract is another sign of the increasing momentum at NuGen, as we move forward with the highest standards of nuclear professionalism and environmental stewardship on this nationally important project.”
AMEC Foster Wheeler has a track record in carrying out similar work at other proposed new build stations. Rob Brown, Managing Director of AMEC Foster Wheeler’s Environment and Infrastructure business in Europe, says of the significant contract: “It has the potential for us to develop a long-term partnership and to work with NuGen throughout this truly exciting development which will provide the UK with safe, clean energy for generations to come.”