The contract has been signed for an initial three years with an option to extend an additional two years. Atkins will act as a subconsultant to Merrick and its scope of work focuses on engineering design services to support projects and operational needs of the coal and gas plants.
Tennessee Valley Authority - a corporation owned by the US government - provides electricity for nine million people in parts of seven south eastern states. TVA also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Dave Huelskamp, Merrick president and CEO, said: “This contract is testament to the success of the alliance arrangement between Atkins and Merrick which was set up to add value to our clients by offering a much broader range of services, with the benefit of reducing their supply chain management and interfaces.”
Andy Smart, Atkins’ director in Energy, said: “Atkins has worked with many clients internationally to safely enhance and extend the life of existing energy infrastructure in order to secure supply in the short term while new infrastructure is built. Ultimately thermal generation will remain an important part of the energy mix as nascent technologies are also developed to generate electricity at grid scale. Our work in new nuclear, marine renewables, biomass and carbon capture and storage positions us well to support our clients such as TVA as the transition to lower carbon generation gains momentum.”