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UK firm created to oversee construction of Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant in north Wales

Hitachi has created a UK company to manage the construction of its proposed £10bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant in Anglesey.

The new company, Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, will form a joint venture with American engineering giant Bechtel and Japan-based JGC Corporation.

When formed, the JV will operate as a tier one contractor for developer Horizon and will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction contract at the north Wales site.

Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe marks Hitachi’s first move into EPC management. Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s sister company Hitachi GE developed the technology behind the UK ABWR reactors, which will be installed at Wylfa.

In August, Construction News revealed that Bechtel and UK newcomers JGC were in exclusive talks with Hitachi to take on the EPC role.

Hitachi said it could not officially confirm the partnership, although it added that the companies were in the final phases of contractual negotiations.

Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe executive officer Shunsuke Utena said: “Wylfa is a UK project and it’s essential that we have devolved UK-management.

“Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe will lead our work in the proposed joint venture and further embed Hitachi as a UK nuclear company.”

He added: “While the details of our agreement remain to be finalised, I am absolutely delighted that we are close to bringing together a team of such proven capability.

“Bechtel and JGC are world-leading in their fields, and together we are primed to help make this project a real success.”

Construction at Horizon’s Wylfa site will involve replacing the existing Magnox reactors – the last of which were shut down in December – with the new UK ABWR.

The project is expected to see the creation of 8,500 jobs during its peak construction period.

A Bechtel spokeswoman said: “We’re working with Hitachi and JGC on an agreement to deliver a new nuclear power station at Wylfa, using our 60 years experience of engineering and constructing nuclear power facilities and 60 year record of delivering UK megaprojects.

“Last year we finished construction on the first new nuclear power generating unit in the USA this century, we want to do the same next in North Wales alongside our partners and the UK supply chain.”

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