Wood has won an £11.9 million contract to be sole supplier of inspection qualification services to Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
The company’s Inspection Validation Centre (IVC) will qualify ultrasonic inspections on high integrity welds in primary circuit components for the two 1.6GW reactors.
Issued by station developer EDF Energy, the contract is effective immediately and will help create 35 new jobs at the centre in Warrington.
Wood chief executive Robin Watson, said:
“Our certificated, independent accredited service forms part of the safety case for Hinkley Point C and enables our customer to satisfy the UK nuclear regulator’s requirements on inspection qualification.
“This contract advances our strategy to secure key positions in independent validation and equipment qualification services for UK new build programmes.”
Wood’s teams will assess the inspection procedures and their supporting technical justifications and conduct trials to demonstrate that the procedures meet objectives. Faults will be introduced into welded test pieces to test and ultimately assure that inspectors can identify them.
NIA CONFERENCE: Nuclear Industry Association chief executive Tom Greatrex has welcomed the package of government commitments to the nuclear industry sector announced by energy minister Richard Harrington at the organisation’s annual conference.
“We share the desire expressed by Richard Harrington to finalise agreement on the ambitious proposals for a nuclear sector deal which the Nuclear Industry Council has put to government’” he said.
“The overall package is nevertheless a strong signal of commitment to and confidence in an industry that is integral to supplying the low carbon, secure and reliable power system we need for the future.
Strong commitment to and confidence in an industry that is integral to supplying the low carbon, secure and reliable power system we need
Tom Greatrex, chief executive, NIA
“There are real opportunities for the future in innovation and advanced technology which can help meet our climate commitments, while providing jobs, growth and economic opportunities for UK companies at home and abroad.”