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What we do

Our energy business provides expert consultancy, engineering and design, and project management services to the oil and gas, renewables, nuclear and conventional power sectors worldwide from our hubs in the United Kingdom, North America, Middle East and Asia Pacific. We merge original thinking with our 60 years' experience in energy, helping to transform the potential of existing infrastructure as well as new resources and technology, to improve lives through safer, cleaner and smarter energy.

NUCLEAR

We deal with the most technically complex challenges across the full nuclear fuel cycle: from major new build programmes, through asset management and decommissioning for nuclear facilities including the waste management challenges, through our differentiated technology portfolio.
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RENEWABLES & FUTURE ENERGIES

We provide innovative engineering solutions to speed up the widespread deployment of cost effective renewable energy technologies, as diverse as fixed and floating offshore wind, where we are market leaders, to tidal in the UK and solar in Africa.  
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POWER

We support our clients across the power lifecycle from initial concept design through to engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning, as well as optimising the life of ageing infrastructure assisting with decommissioning, deconstruction and rehabilitation.
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OIL & GAS

We deliver industry defining efficiency and innovation throughout the lifecycle of onshore and offshore oil and gas assets, from concept selection through to operational support, including maintenance, modifications and operations (MMO), to life extension and decommissioning.
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We provide a range of services to several DOE projects across the US, at sites including Hanford, Washington; Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Savannah River, South Carolina. Atkins – with partners Westinghouse and Fluor – was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to operate the depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities at DOE’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky, and the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio in 2016. The Mid-America Conversion Services, LLC (MCS) joint venture will operate the DUF6 conversion facilities for the purpose of processing DOE’s inventory of stored DUF6, a coproduct of the uranium enrichment process. The facilities convert DUF6 to depleted uranium oxide for possible future reuse, storage or disposal. A coproduct of the conversion process is hydrofluoric acid (HF), which can be reused in industrial processes. Atkins has been involved at the Portsmouth and Paducah sites for over 10 years and managed the safe construction of the DUF6 plants. Safe and successful operation of the facilities is paramount, as is engagement with the local workforce and community around both plant locations. The team of leading nuclear industry experts will also broker the sale of the aqueous hydrofluoric acid (AqHF) product and provide surveillance and maintenance services for the DUF6 cylinder inventory.

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Atkins is supporting ADMA-OPCO’s expansion programme for its offshore production facilities by assisting the safe life extension of existing critical infrastructure. We have been involved in the quantitative structural assessment of 31 Well Head Towers (WHTs) in the Umm Shaif Field, offshore from Abu Dhabi. Atkins undertook structural assessment of the WHTs to establish a robust integrity management system for the company's fleet of offshore structures, building SACS models to enable detailed analysis. We also undertook advanced structural analysis of barge-type structures, which form the central platforms of ADMA OPCO’s offshore processing facilities. Atkins’ 40 years of experience in asset integrity management was a key factor in this work. Our approach to life extension enables operators to get the most oil and gas resource out of a field before the infrastructure needs to be replaced. Our experience means we can safely anticipate and manage repair of age related defects, allowing continued use and development of ageing infrastructure. In some cases we have been able to extend the life of an asset by double its design life. This adds considerable value to the asset by deferring future investment cost, as well as providing assurance of asset integrity.
Atkins will work closely with some of the UK’s leading cavern storage operators in identifying and examining the representative salt caverns in Cheshire, Teesside and East Yorkshire that could store hydrogen to be used in power generation. The critical data and technical expertise provided by the operators will assist in the development of hydrogen storage models for each region. The six-month project will provide more detail on the suitability of individual caverns and the costs associated with using them, increasing the evidence base needed if they are to be developed further. It follows on from a report published by the ETI in 2015 which focused on hydrogen generation from fossil fuels, biomass or waste gasification, or steam reforming of methane, all with carbon capture and storage. The use of a store and responsive gas turbine greatly improves the flexibility of power output to the grid, whilst allowing the hydrogen generator and CCS plant, to operate at peak efficiency. The report showed how a single H2 cavern could cater for the peak energy demands and fluctuations of a whole city. There are over 30 large salt caverns in use in the UK today storing natural gas for the power and heating market. Many of these could potentially be re-used for hydrogen storage or new caverns constructed in the extensive salt fields which are deep underground in many parts of the UK. The ETI’s Insight on the potential role of hydrogen storage can be found at http://www.eti.co.uk/carbon-capture-and-storage-the-role-of-hydrogen-storage-in-a-clean-responsive-power-system/

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Atkins has worked with Swedish company Hexicon since 2015 to design the world’s first multi-turbine offshore wind floating platform. It is planned that the platform will be deployed at the Dounreay Tri Project off the Scottish north coast. As engineering partner, Atkins’ offshore wind team is responsible for analysing a two turbine structure ready for detailed design and physical model testing of the new design in mid-2016. Atkins is pushing the boundaries of design to support Hexicon in maximising energy yield. Experience in innovative, transformational work both in the renewables and oil and gas sectors has enabled the project team to go one step further in making the exciting concept a reality. New developments in the design of the floating structure's mooring system have increased the efficiency of the rotating system reducing CAPEX and maximising energy yield. Atkins’ extensive experience in floating wind has played a key role in developing the concept and originally winning the work. The integrated design capability that enables the head to toe design that we are undertaking for Hexicon demonstrates how our experience across a range of both floating and fixed offshore wind projects can add real value to clients. Atkins has been involved in more than half a dozen floating wind projects around the world including: Detailed design and analysis for Principle Power’s WindFloat prototype in Portugal Design for Pilot Offshore Renewable’s Kincardine floating wind project Winning Statoil’s Hywind floating wind demonstrator Installation Challenge

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The Innovation Challenge campaign looked to others within the energy sector to make the Hywind concept available in more markets around the world. The Hywind demonstrator was launched in 2009 as the world’s first full scale floating offshore wind demonstration unit, and a 30MW pilot park is planned for installation off the coast of Scotland in 2017, using five 6MW turbines. With plans for even bigger arrays of turbines in the future, Statoil launched the Installation Challenge to look at options to improve the Hywind turbines assembly and installation sequence to make the concept more cost efficient and available in more markets around the world. Atkins’ oil and gas teams in North America and the UK collaborated with the UK-based renewables team to develop a solution to this problem; using multiple turbines attached to a reusable transportation frame. This reduced the draught of the structures, resulting in the following benefits: The turbines can be towed at reduced draughts. This allows them to be assembled in regions where a deep water inshore location is not readily available, or where a deep water inshore location exists but the tow-out route is draught-restricted. The draught of the turbines can be reduced, enabling assembly against a conventional quayside. This removes the requirement for offshore lifts, which offers potential for cost, schedule and safety gains. Multiple turbines can be towed simultaneously, increasing transport efficiency by reducing the number of towing vessels required over a large farm development.

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ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is the world's largest experimental nuclear fusion reactor in southern France which aims to deliver nuclear fusion on a commercial scale, offering safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy. ITER is the next step in one of the world's leading energy research programmes, and is bringing together the largest nations in a quest to harness nuclear fusion to meet mankind's future energy needs. Since 2010, Atkins has been architect engineer, in partnership with engineering giants Assystem, Egis and Empresarios Agrupados, as part of the Engage consortium. The consortium is in charge of delivering 39 buildings and associated infrastructure for the ITER project, including the 50 x 200m Tokamak complex. The 200-strong integrated team of experts from our Energy and Infrastructure businesses are working together to ensure fusion experiments begin on schedule to help meet the challenge of not only decarbonising but also increasing the world's energy supply. Engage is responsible for supporting the procurement process and construction planning and supervision for the buildings including service and site infrastructure. The scope of work also covers all disciplines of design: Preliminary design Tender design Construction design for nuclear buildings On the project, there are several types of confinement and shielding doors all with seismic withstand capability, including: 46 remotely controlled port cell doors, with confinement and shielding (up to 350mm thick steel equivalent) with an opening size of four metres by four metres 12

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The five year agreement covered the provision of engineering and design services, drawing on a range of Atkins’ expertise across a number of disciplines in subsea, structures, pressure systems and environmental feasibility studies. The agreement applies to any fields Centrica decides to decommission in the UK or Netherlands during the contract period, including the Rose and Stamford fields. The agreement also helped to strengthen Atkins’ existing relationship with Centrica, continuing the partnership in providing structural and subsea integrity services for Centrica’s offshore assets, ensuring the work is completed as safely as possible and in an environmentally friendly way. As more oil and gas infrastructure begins to reach the end of its design life, multi-industry expertise and decommissioning experience from the nuclear sector, as well as the oil and gas industry, has become an important differentiator for Atkins in winning work. We have been active in decommissioning for over 15 years, and as one of the leading experts in the field we have worked on some major projects including decommissioning for BP Thistle, Miller and North West Hutton, Fairfield Dunlin, Shell Brent D and TOTAL E&P UK’s subsea systems amongst others.

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In 2012, the Canadian government (which until that point owned the sites) decided to transform the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories from an Owner/Operator model to a Government Owned Contractor Operated (GoCo) concept in a similar fashion to how the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) appointed contractors to transform the clean-up and waste management program in the United Kingdom. CNEA won an international competition in 2015 for CNL, which represents the entire Government of Canada nuclear estate, with the 10-year contract worth around C$7 billion. Atkins is honored to be part of the team assisting Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), a federal Crown corporation responsible for the long-term, contractual arrangement with CNEA for the management and operation of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. Chalk River The main Canadian Nuclear Laboratories site is located at Chalk River, Ontario, about 180km north of Ottawa. The Chalk River site is the home of the remaining operating nuclear reactor, nuclear operations to support medical isotope production, a diverse science and technology group, and an organization focused on environmental remediation and decommissioning. Governance for the contract is executed through the CNEA Board of Directors, while operational oversight is provided by the CNL Board of Directors which is chaired by Mark Morant, president of Atkins’ Energy Americas business. Atkins and its partners has seconded employees in key executive and management positions at CNL. The Atkins team deployed on contract include six employees working at Chalk River and at a reactor decommissioning site north west of Chalk River called Nuclear Production Demonstrator (NPD). Patrick Daly, senior

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Aubrey Keller
14 Mar 2017

Atkins’ acquisition of Howard Humphreys, a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy based in Kenya and Tanzania, has the potential to open up access to any number of infrastructure projects across East Africa. We hope energy projects will play a key role, and to help facilitate that I recently moved from the UK to live in Nairobi. Howard Humphreys has an excellent reputation across the broader East Africa region. In all my dealings with those in the engineering industry locally, individuals always speak very highly of Howard Humphreys and their previous infrastructure projects. Now, combining Howard Humphreys traditional expertise with the skills and abilities Atkins’ global Energy business has in nuclear, conventional power, renewables, and oil and gas, we hope to grow our engineering and design capabilities in the energy market in East Africa and beyond. We think there are plenty of opportunities to do just that. Kenya’s installed generation capacity is roughly 2.5 GW (40% hydro, 30% other renewables, 30% conventional) however the electrification rate is only 25% - 40%, depending on which statistics you look at. The per capita demand for electricity is below average, which can be attributed to the low electrification rate and few, large industrial consumers, among other reasons. Significant investment and efforts have already been committed to upgrade and expand transmission and distribution infrastructure, with more planned. Aside from increasing electrification rates, these activities also seek to increase overall grid reliability and robustness to support increased integration of intermittent renewable generation. Increasing electrification rates in rural areas

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Julianne Antrobus
27 Feb 2017

We’ve talked about small modular reactors (SMR) before, looking at what they are and what the benefits and potential drawbacks of the technology are. Since then, industry around the world has been working hard to push forward the development of SMRs ready to bring to market. The development of SMRs gives UK plc the opportunity to develop home grown intellectual property, create skilled jobs and to be an exporter of technology which can be sold around the world. Whilst it remains largely theory at the moment, two different categories of SMRs are now leading the way in development and we took the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of each at the recent Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) SMR conference. Atkins is taking a leading role in working with government and industry to push forward the SMR development agenda, and our engineering experience across the energy sector puts us in a great position to assist developers find an engineering solution that will work to bring SMRs to reality. The more developed designs coming forward are integral pressurised water reactors (IPWR), often referred to as third generation (GEN III). Made of the same four major components that make up a standard large scale light water reactor (LWR) or pressurised water reactor (PWR): the reactor, stream generators, pumps and the pressuriser. Integral is the key word: in the integral SMR, there is one vessel and all of these four components are either inside or directly part of the SMR vessel, removing all of the

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Jessica Green
03 Feb 2017

I have always been of the view that the huge push for gender diversity we see so frequently in engineering firms is condescending and undermining to women. I don’t need a support network when I see myself as equal. I don’t need motivational sessions from ‘empowered women’ when I see no difference between the ‘empowered women’ and the more competent of my male colleagues around me. Strong and weak people come in both genders, and by categorising ourselves as empowered, we succumb to the stale stereotype that women are weaker than men, and we degrade ourselves whilst complaining that it is the men that are degrading us. In my relatively short experience as an engineer, I have received nothing but respect from my male counterparts; the only sexism I have encountered was from another female engineer who, for some reason, did not like having another woman in the office. I felt patronised when colleagues asked how I thought they could attract more women to the firm. There isn’t an abundance of women with engineering degrees, where did they think they were going to attract them from?! Engineering was simply more for the male‐minded amongst us. Recently however, whilst working on an international project with a global workforce, I specifically noticed one very alien concept: the Spanish engineers were an equal male‐female balance. In fact, on researching the figures, I discovered that the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineers in the whole of Europe. Whilst I still disagree with the use of

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Richard Piggin
26 Jan 2017

The most recent campaign is reported to have commenced on 6 December, continuing through to 20 December. Vsevolod Kovalchuk, a director at the Ukrainian national energy company Ukrenergo, told Reuters that the 200 megawatt interruption was equivalent to approximately a fifth of Kiev's night time energy consumption, and that the scale of the interruption was very rare. The automation was shut down in the Pivnichna power transmission substation located north of Kiev. The remote terminal units (RTUs) opened circuit breakers, causing a power outage that lasted for 75 minutes. Power was restored manually, with full restoration early the following morning. Power loss was reported in northern Kiev and on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River and the surrounding area. The Ukrenergo director described ‘external influences’ effecting workstations and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) servers, and anomalies with transmission network data. Although investigations are ongoing, in the meantime researchers have confirmed significant similarities to the power outage a year earlier. This includes phishing attacks, with malware embedded in Microsoft document macros, and traces of BlackEnergy 3 malware used in the attacks targeting Ukraine Government organisations. Oleksii Yasnskiy of ISSP labs, distinguished the more recent attacks, using significant obfuscation: “Being more complex and better organised.” Marina Krotofil, a security researcher at Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security Lab contrasted the previous damaging attack: “They could do many more things, but obviously they didn’t have this as an intent. It was more like a demonstration of capabilities.” Ukrainian media and security researchers have also

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Resources

Here you will find a collection of our Energy brochures.

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Locations

Wherever they are in the world, our clients will have access to the very best skills we have to offer.

Energy UK & Europe

For all enquiries related to our Energy business in the UK and Europe region, please contact us at energyukeu@atkinsglobal.com

In the UK, our Energy hubs are located in Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Epsom, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Rotherham, Warrington and Whitehaven.

Energy Americas

For all enquiries related to our Energy business in the United States of America, Canada and the rest of the Americas, please contact us at energyamericas@atkinglobal.com

Our Energy hubs in the Americas are located across the US in Aiken (SC), Charlotte (NC), Columbia (SC), Houston (TX), Idaho Falls (ID), Oak Ridge (TN) and Richland (WA), Calgary in Canada, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Energy Middle East & Africa

For all enquiries related to our Energy business in the United Arab Emirates, and across the Middle East and Africa, please contact us at energymea@atkinsglobal.com

In the Middle East & Africa, our Energy hubs are in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the UAE, and Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia.

Energy Asia Pacific

For all enquiries related to our Energy business in Australia, China, India, Japan and the rest of the Asia Pacific region, please contact us at energyapac@atkinsglobal.com

Our Energy hubs in this region are in Perth, Australia, Singapore, and Beijing in China.

For a full list of all Energy offices, click here.

Careers

Shared thinking

We actively seek to not only help our clients, but also to open debate on the critical issues affecting energy and its place in society. Through the Atkins Energy Forum events and our thought articles, we're promoting cross-industry interactive discussion and encouraging a collaborative approach for a cost effective and efficient future.

ATKINS' ENERGY FORUM

The Atkins Energy Forum is an evolution of our previous events, the energy lecture series and the recent Aberdeen Winter/Spring series. The events are open to anyone with an interest in the subject and feature a talk and interactive discussion on current topics.

Details about upcoming events will be posted here, so please check back regularly to find out about the next one.

Information about previous events is below. 

  Aberdeen Winter/Spring series events

  Energy lecture - Molten salts reactors - can they be the answer?

Please email us for further details and check out our YouTube page for more Energy videos

Angles

We explore our energy world and share opinions about the future of the global energy mix on the Atkins Angles blog - recent articles look at Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), energy from waste plants, and the future for energy storage. 

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