Atkins awarded contract for Sizewell C’s enabling works programme

Atkins, (member of SNC-Lavalin Group) has been awarded a £5m contract for the Enabling Works Programme at Sizewell C nuclear new build site. It is one of the core programmes of the Sizewell C Project and will be the first programme of construction work to commence at the proposed nuclear power station, which is to be located immediately to the north of the existing Sizewell B power station, on the Suffolk coast.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell C project development director speaking at a Suffolk Chamber event - Photo - Spring
Jim Crawford, Sizewell C project development director – Photo – Spring

The site will comprise of two UK EPR™ units with an electrical output of approximately 1,670 megawatts (MW) per unit, giving a total site capacity of approximately 3,340MW. Once operational, Sizewell C will be able to generate enough electricity to supply approximately six million (around 20%) of the UK’s homes.

The Enabling Works are defined as all works necessary to prepare the main development site for the execution of the Main Civil Works and Marine Works construction. Overall objectives include:

  • To determine the optimal layout and sequence of the construction of the site
  • To interface with contractors, provide handovers, and manage productivity and staff numbers required on site
  • Specify future site facilities and infrastructure required until commercial operation of the power station commences
  • Determine the most cost-effective construction techniques and innovative design solutions, and maximise replication from Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

The programme will also deliver the information required for the application for a Development Consent Order, a Nuclear Site License and any other required permits.

Andrew Smart, Project Delivery Director at Atkins, said: “This contract allows us to build on our extensive experience within the nuclear new build sector, using technical innovation, key digital tools and integrated methods of working.

“Our commercial model on this project will focus on alliance working and collaboration, particularly thanks to the support of our Global Design Centre in Bangalore, which enables our teams to work a collective 16 hours of the day on this time-critical project.”

Jim Crawford, Sizewell C Project Development Director, said:  “Sizewell C is progressing well with Stage 4 consultation underway. The experience Atkins’ has gained at Hinkley Point C will help ensure we have the site prepared and ready for the construction of the power station, if planning consent is granted.”

The project will involve the use of 3D and 4D modelling tools to develop solutions, and will maximise the delivery experiences gained from Atkins’ work at Hinkley Point C to drive efficiencies.

Source: EDF Energy