EDF Energy has recruited Atkins to its nuclear strategic supply chain partnership.
The engineering consultancy joins Amec, Doosan Power Systems and Babcock International Group on the EDF partnership.
It comes after a day of more uncertainty for the nuclear industry, when Centrica pulled its nuclear plans and a government committee slammed Sellafield’s £67.5bn decommissioning bill.
EDF said its partnership aims to provide “crucial supply chain support”.
Atkins will work with the energy firm as it extends the life of its existing nuclear AGR fleet. EDF recently announced its plans to increase the life of all reactors by an average of seven years.
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.”
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 also continues to provide engineering and programme management services across EDF Energy‘s nuclear new build programmes at both Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C.