25 August 2015/Categories: Media News
Engineering construction demand in the UK nuclear sector is set to expand significantly over the next decade. This new demand is driven by the planned construction of 16GW of new nuclear generating capacity, increased decommissioning work at Sellafield and other sites, and life extension work for the currently operating reactor fleet.
UK Nuclear Sector - General Information
The UK nuclear sector comprises three main areas of opportunity for the engineering construction industry: new build of nuclear electricity generating plants, support to operating plants, and decommissioning of retired plants and other nuclear facilities. Whilst many of the head contracts are agreed with strategic alliances being formed with the intention of improving contract award and delivery, there are a number of routes to delivering services through subcontracting with the Tier one contractors.
Safety will always be the number one priority for the industry. Each Nuclear Site Licence Holder has an obligation to discharge the regulatory requirements laid out in the Office for Nuclear Regulation’s (ONR) Site Licence Conditions; understanding this requirement will enable potential suppliers to understand the environment they are entering and better position tender submissions.
16GW of new build capacity is planned between 2015 and around 2026, including projects at Hinkley Point C (Somerset), Sizewell C (Suffolk), Newydd Wylfa (Anglesey), Oldbury (Gloucester) and Moorside (Cumbria).
Each utility is setting up its supply chain and prospective contractors can register interest with the relevant website. Each utility is developing its own contractor requirements
EDF Energy NNB GenCo:
Horizon Nuclear Power:
Support to operating plant
All currently generating nuclear plants are owned and operated by EDF Energy and Centrica. Each plant has its own established supply chain which includes maintenance, outage and life extension work carried out by ECI companies.
EDF Supply Chain: http://www.edfenergy.com/energy/supply-chain
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is responsible for the majority of nuclear decommissioning in the UK across a number of sites. The NDA estate has a large and varied supply chain and is actively encouraging more variety and SME engagement.
How to prepare for entering the nuclear supply chain
There is a large body of guidance and advice available to firms seeking to join a nuclear supply chain, much of which is covered in the following links:
This short guide provides signposts to information for ECI companies wishing to tender for nuclear work. Further detailed guidance for in-scope companies can be obtained from your ECITB Sector Manager Nuclear, Steve Barrett, firstname.lastname@example.org or your Regional Account Manager.