Wood Group To Provide Sellafield Site With Digital Technology

British nuclear power services company Wood Group said Tuesday it had landed a $66 million, 10-year contract to provide digital controls technologies to the Sellafield nuclear power facility.

Sellafield The contract was announced a few weeks after the company garnered a $16 million contract to provide inspection services for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, which is in the early stages of construction.

The contract at Hinkley is to, essentially, ensure the quality of inspections and inspection methods. “Our role is to independently check the inspection method and assess and qualify the inspectors who will apply them – to ensure that they can detect any defects that could compromise the structural integrity of critical reactor components during the plant’s lifetime,” said Wood Chief Executive Officer Robin Watson.

Two 1.6GW reactors are to be built at Hinkley Point under development by EDF Energy.

The Sellafield contract covers “all stages of system design, equipment manufacture and assembly, obsolescence management and maintenance support for projects and nuclear decommissioning work being carried out by Sellafield Ltd.,” Nuclear Engineering International reported.

Wood CEO of Technical Solutions Bob MacDonald said the contract justifies the company’s purchase of Amec Foster Wheeler in 2017. “We could not have won this contract as a separate business,” MacDonald said, calling the purchase “a good revenue synergy.

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