EDF Energy extends plant services contract with Jacobs

15 June 2022

USA-based engineering group Jacobs has been awarded a two-year extension to its Stations Services Agreement (SSA) with EDF Energy, operator of the UK's nuclear power plants. Jacobs' scope includes supporting the safe operation and maintenance of the advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) plants, which account for about 17% of the country's electricity generation.

The Heysham 2 AGR plant (Image: EDF)

Jacobs will act as the prime contractor to deliver projects, such as the overhaul of primary plant heating and ventilation systems. The company said the SSA team also has "an established reputation" for troubleshooting and work delivery on many complex plant systems.

EDF estimates the contract value of the April 2022 to March 2024 extension at more than USD3 million.

All seven of the UK's AGR plants - which comprise Torness and Hunterston B in Scotland, Dungeness B in Kent, Hartlepool in Teesside, Heysham 1 and 2 in Lancashire and Hinkley Point B in Somerset - are scheduled to be shut down by 2028.

"The agreement to extend was made following an exceptional year of safe maintenance and delivery from Jacobs, reflecting EDF's confidence in our record of successful performance on of this multiyear framework," said Jacobs Energy, Security & Technology Senior Vice President Karen Wiemelt. "We will assist EDF in maximising emission-free generation from these vital national assets for the remainder of their operating lives, supporting the transition to a net-zero economy, and follow-on transition toward defueling and decommissioning."

In October 2021, EDF Energy extended its Project Management Resources contract with Jacobs by two years. This contract involves supporting the seven AGR plants, including the transition from generation to defueling, and the long-term operation programme for the Sizewell B pressurised water reactor. EDF estimated the April 2022 to March 2024 extension of that contract at more than USD44 million.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News