US engineering giant Bechtel has been appointed as project manager contractor for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear new build project on the Isle of Anglesey.

The firm was appointed by project promoter Horizon Nuclear Power to lead contractual and commercial communications with suppliers on the North Wales scheme.

Bechtel, in partnership with Japanese firm JGC Corporation and Hitachi Nuclear Energy, was appointed back in 2016 to deliver the Wylfa Newydd project.

Now Horizon has signed further contracts with all three parties for the project’s development stage.

Bechtel will have nearly 200 employees embedded within Horizon to help oversee the project management of the huge scheme.

Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe will deliver the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR) for the power station and act as architect engineer. JGC will provide a range of specialist services related to supporting components and systems needed to deliver the energy.

Horizon Nuclear Power chief executive Duncan Hawthorne said: “These world-leading companies bring a wealth of nuclear, engineering and construction expertise to complement our growing organisation and will help us replicate the cost and schedule successes of the previous four ABWR reactors.

“The UK still needs reliable nuclear power to help transform our energy mix, and we are gearing up to deliver that. Our first power station will be cheaper than what has gone before and after that, with smart financing, supply chain learnings and no need for first time overheads, future project costs will fall further still.”

Bechtel nuclear, security and environmental president Barbara Rusinko added: “We’ve been part of the Horizon family for several years, and it’s been a pleasure to work alongside the company as it has evolved through its development phase. We look forward to continuing to bring our expertise to the construction of the UK’s next new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd in our new role as project management contractor.”

Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi met prime minister Theresa May earlier this year to seek government funding for Wylfa Newydd.

The Planning Inspectorate is expected to begin examining a 41,000-page submission for a development consent order for the scheme this autumn.

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