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Atkins has signed an Interface Agreement with EDF Energy, building upon the existing relationship between the two companies which underpins the lifetime strategy of EDF Energy’s nuclear assets in the UK.

Signing the agreement alongside Vincent de Rivaz, CEO of EDF Energy, and the other EDF Energy strategic supply chain partners, Atkins has agreed the principles that will ensure that the partnership is best set up to meet the aspirations of zero harm, maximised output and lifetime extension.

Chris Ball, managing director of Atkins’ nuclear business, said: “The signing of this Interface Agreement is a key milestone in furthering our relationship with EDF Energy which, since it began in February 2013, has seen us combine our respective knowledge, skills, experience and resources to support EDF Energy’s lifetime strategy. Atkins will continue to approach our work for EDF Energy in an integrated way, bringing together technical expertise, project delivery and safety case assurance.”

The principles set out in the Interface Agreement establish the environment and expectations of all the strategic partners: EDF Energy, Atkins, Amec Foster Wheeler, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock. Coupling these behaviours for success with re-established joint management, governance and oversight arrangements will underpin the delivery of synergistic value, minimise risk, and optimise performance to safely deliver the full lifetime output potential of the nuclear stations.

Since the formation of the strategic partnership, the partners have worked together on critical projects and programmes and have delivered real value by providing crucial supply chain support. EDF Energy’s life extension strategy has been robustly laid out and our future challenge lies in converting strategy into reliable and efficient delivery.

Atkins has been a tier one strategic partner to EDF Energy for the maintenance of their existing fleet of advanced gas-cooled reactors and pressurised water reactors, providing more than 600 man years of support in the last three years alone. Working across the graphite core, fuel route improvement, periodic safety review, Japanese emergency response, and DNB plant lifetime extension programmes, Atkins has provided both engineering and programme management services.

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For more information:

Paul Childs
PR manager, Energy

paul.childs@atkinsglobal.com
+44 207 121 2828

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Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world's leading design, engineering and project management consultancies*, employing some 18,000 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. Our people’s breadth and depth of expertise and drive to ask why has allowed us to plan, design and enable some of the world’s most complex and time critical projects.

*15th largest global design firm (Engineering News-Record 2014) and the third largest multidisciplinary consultancy in Europe (Svensk Teknik och Design 2013).

Recent Energy projects:

UAE’s peaceful nuclear new build programme – providing technical assurance to lenders backing the United Arab Emirates’ most ambitious energy infrastructure projects;
UK nuclear generation - part of the Strategic Supply Chain Partnership for EDF Energy’s Nuclear Generation business providing additional expert engineering support as the company seeks to extend the life of its existing nuclear AGR fleet;
UK new nuclear programme - working collaboratively with Horizon Nuclear Power providing engineering and related technical services for a new generation of nuclear power stations at Wylfa Newydd, on Anglesey and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire, UK;
Nuclear decommissioning - currently preferred bidder on a new contract with Sellafield Ltd for its Silos Direct-encapsulation Plant (SDP) project in the UK, as part of an equal three-way joint venture with Areva and Mace (a.m.a.);
North Sea and Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platforms - extending the operational life of critical oil and gas platforms to allow cost-efficient and safe recovery of hydrocarbons from mature fields;
ENI assets in Australia - providing engineering and consultancy services to ENI across their portfolio of operating and non-operating assets and any future developments in Australia;
Shell’s oil and gas assets worldwide - providing technical and safety engineering services to Shell’s onshore and offshore assets worldwide under an Enterprise Framework Agreement (EFA);
SSE offshore wind alliance - providing expert engineering and design support for the UK’s biggest offshore wind alliance with Scottish and Southern Energy;
DONG Energy offshore wind farms - designing five offshore substations for DONG Energy’s Walney and Burbo extension projects as well as the new Race Bank project;
Energy from Waste – helping Energos deliver an Advanced Conversion Facility as part of Viridor and Glasgow City Council's £146 million Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) in the UK;
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) – Atkins is the technical adviser to the UK government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for the CCS Commercialisation Programme which supports the development and deployment of full chain CCS demonstration plants.

Recent projects from across the Group:

Atkins is working across urban regeneration, master planning, national energy programmes, major transport schemes, water and environment projects - applying smart design solutions on projects including:

  • Doha Central Planning Office – helping to co-ordinate Qatar’s National 2030 Vision for world class transport infrastructure, which will bring major benefits to the economy;
  • The London 2012 Games infrastructure transformation – as technical advisor to London’s boroughs as the Olympic Park moves into its legacy configuration as a follow-on role to our work as the Games’ official engineering and design provider;
  • UAE’s peaceful nuclear new build programme – providing technical assurance to lenders backing the United Arab Emirates’ most ambitious energy infrastructure projects;
  • North Sea and Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platforms - extending the operational life of critical oil and gas platforms to allow cost-efficient and safe recovery of fuel sources from mature fields;
  • SSE offshore wind alliance - provision of expert engineering and design support for the UK’s biggest offshore wind alliance with Scottish and Southern Energy;
  • Crossrail - designing the Central London twin tunnels and station architecture for Europe’s biggest civil engineering scheme which will see tunnels passing beneath 470 listed buildings and critical infrastructure;
  • Etihad Railway - providing multidisciplinary design expertise on the 1,200 km Etihad Rail network which will revolutionise passenger and freight transport in the UAE;
  • Denmark ERTMS - providing multidisiplinary signalling expertise on the first countrywide installation of an ERTMS train control and management system in Denmark;
  • Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge - lead consultant on this integral part of the new Hong Kong link road scheme which will significantly boost land connectivity in the region;
  • Lowestoft Sixth Form College - design of the ultralow energy consumption Lowestoft College in the UK which aims to reduce operational energy use by more than 60% compared to previous designs;
  • UK National Composites Centre – providing technical expertise to bring the latest lightweight carbon fibre materials to all engineering sectors, helping to develop innovative applications and reduce costs and carbon;
  • US Environmental Protection Agency - providing technical assessment and analysis of national water-related resources and ecological systems in North America;
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) superfast broadband – providing technical, commercial and procurement support to help deliver superfast broadband to one of Europe’s most remote regions.