Bechtel to manage Wylfa Newydd project

US engineering firm Bechtel will manage construction of the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant in Wales under a contract signed with Hitachi’s UK subsidiary Horizon Nuclear Power.

The announcement that Bechtel has been appointed project management contractor comes just days after press reports claiming the company had withdrawn from the Wylfa Newydd project. Both Bechtel and Horizon had described those reports as “categorically untrue”.

Bechtel has been involved in more than 150 nuclear power plant projects, acting as architect engineer for 71 plants and constructing 42. Under the new contract, the company will have almost 200 employees embedded within Horizon.

Horizon said, “The company will sit at the heart of the Wylfa Newydd project organisation, leading the contractual and commercial interface with suppliers on behalf of Horizon.” It added, “The embedding of Bechtel within Horizon will mirror the kind of client/contractor relationship that has been successful in delivering the previous four ABWR nuclear reactors on time and on budget”.

Horizon announced in May 2016 it had appointed a joint venture responsible for construction of the Wylfa Newydd plant. The company – Menter Newydd – is a joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel Management Company and JGC Corporation (UK). Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s Hitachi Ltd, while JGC New Energy UK Limited is a UK-registered 100% subsidiary of Japanese engineering firm JGC Corporation.

Horizon has also announced that it has signed further contracts with Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe and JGC New Energy UK Limited. Under these contracts, the two companies will continue to provide support during the project’s development stage. Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe will supply the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWRs) for Wylfa Newydd, acting as architect engineer for the project. JGC will continue to provide a range of specialist services around the balance-of-plant – the other components and systems required for power generation beyond the nuclear island.

Courtesy of WNN