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Atkins joins EDF’s nuclear team

5 Feb 13 Atkins has signed up to help EDF Energy extend the life of its advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) fleet.

Atkins joins EDF Nuclear Generation’s Strategic Supply Chain Partnership, which already includes Amec, Doosan Power Systems and Babcock International.

EDF Energy recently announced plans to seek to extend the life of its reactors by an average of seven years and has now appointed Atkins to help with additional engineering support.

Stuart Crooks, chief technical officer of EDF Energy’s Nuclear Generation business, said: “We’re pleased to announce Atkins’ involvement in delivering our lifetime management strategy. Life extension will provide low carbon energy for the UK along with supporting our thriving nuclear industry and the highly skilled jobs it provides.”

With Atkins joining, the remit of the group is also being widened from simply extending the lifetime of existing nuclear plants to supporting all EDF Energy’s activities.

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Chris Ball, managing director of Atkins’ nuclear business, said: “We have worked closely with EDF Energy supporting their operating fleet for over 30 years and this is a natural extension of that relationship. Our primary focus as a member of the Strategic Partnership will be to support EDF Energy on their aspirations of Zero Harm, maximising output and lifetime extension.

“Atkins will be bringing its technical and programme delivery experience to the full portfolio of work being invested in by EDF Energy in their existing fleet. In addition to this we will add our consultancy experience in developing and delivering complex supply chain solutions.”

Atkins has been a tier one strategic partner to EDF Energy for the maintenance of their existing fleet of AGRs and pressurise water reactor (PWR) plants.

Atkins also continues to provide similar services across EDF Energy‘s nuclear new build programmes at both Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C.

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