From our hubs in the UK and Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, we deal with the most technically complex challenges across the full nuclear fuel cycle: from major new build programmes, through asset management for nuclear facilities and waste management challenges, supported by our differentiated technology portfolio.
What we do
Atkins has more than 60 years' experience in the nuclear sector, servicing all parts of the industry, from new build and generation, to decommissioning and waste management, fuel enrichment, and defence. We have the skills and proven track record to manage the most challenging commissions in the nuclear market place for commercial and government clients worldwide.
As the most complete nuclear services company in the world, we can provide full architect engineer and management & operations (M&O) capability: engineering, project management, project controls, commercial and contract management.
All this means we're well positioned to add value to today's challenges of delivering the next generation of nuclear power plants whilst at the same time maintaining the existing generating fleet and safely decommissioning legacy facilities.
Our 2,000 nuclear professionals have expertise in nuclear design, nuclear operations, nuclear safety, decontamination, decommissioning, waste management and waste processing. These experts can draw on the experience of over 16,000 multidisciplinary specialists from other sectors within Atkins; the leverage of these 'cross-industry' skills sets Atkins apart from many of the traditional nuclear specialist providers around the world.
In 2014 Atkins acquired Nuclear Safety Associates, the US nuclear industry’s foremost authority for nuclear safety, regulatory compliance and licensing. This was further complemented by the acquisition of the Projects, Products and Technology (PP&T) division of EnergySolutions in 2016. This has allowed us to combine Atkins’ existing engineering, nuclear safety, project management and project controls expertise with PP&T’s innovative technology, operations and waste management solutions.
Nuclear new build
Our nuclear new build experience includes projects such as ITER in France and the UAE’s nuclear new build programme in Barakah, working with clients including ENEC, Horizon Nuclear Power, NuGen, EDF Energy and Fusion for Energy. We have a unique offering for new build projects including:
- Extensive knowledge of the legislative and regulatory framework in the UK, Middle East, North America and Asia Pacific
- An ability to mobilise large multidisciplinary design teams
- Nuclear specific skills in such areas as fuel route and waste management
- Expertise in extreme loading and design for hazards
- A leading position as a major infrastructure delivery organisationUsing skills from across the wider Atkins business to provide technical innovation and shared learning for the benefit of project delivery
- Experience of operating through the nuclear new build project lifecycle from establishing nuclear regulatory frameworks, through to construction and commissioning, including provision of commercial and financial services to support the delivery of new build projects
Atkins is supporting URENCO in delivery of its CAPEX programme to deliver major infrastructure upgrades. Services provided include the provision of infrastructure and project management services. URENCO is a key player within the field of nuclear fuel supply chain.
The combination of these diverse skills allows Atkins to offer solutions to a wide range of clients including utilities, reactor vendors, regulatory bodies and contractors.
Our Nuclear Design business is a growing centre of excellence in integrated mechanical design solutions. Our range of in-house skills enable us to develop designs from concepts to fully substantiated manufacturing detail. Key clients include URENCO, Magnox Ltd, Sellafield Ltd and Rolls Royce.
Atkins is a tier 1 strategic partner to EDF Energy for the supply of engineering, safety and environmental services to maintain their existing fleet of AGRs and PWR in the UK. Atkins is also part of the Strategic Supply Chain Partnership for EDF Energy’s Nuclear Generation business.
Under EDF’s Technical Support Alliance, we’ve provided more than 350 man years of support to the nuclear fleet, with key contributions in the areas of:
- Graphite core programme in support of life extension
- Fuel route improvement programme
- Periodic safety review programme
- Key recovery projects such as the HYA Boiler Spine
- Programme management and front end engineering
- Japan earthquake response programme
We offer the full range of services for the decommissioning and remediation of nuclear sites and facilities, management of spent nuclear fuel, the transportation of nuclear material and the environmental clean-up of nuclear legacy sites.
In the UK, we’ve been involved in nuclear clean-up since the late 1980s working with clients such as Sellafield Ltd, Magnox Ltd, Research Sites Restoration Limited (RSRL) and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). We were quick to recognise that the engineering skills acquired in the offshore sector were transferable to the nuclear clean-up market where there was a demand for remote operations.
Recent examples in this sector include:
Sellafield, UK: As part of the ACKtiv Nuclear joint venture, we are providing engineering, project management, and safety and implementation services to safely export hazardous waste fuel, debris and sludge from wet storage.
Hunterston, UK: We undertook the detailed design completion for the Magnox encapsulation plant.
Chapelcross and Dungeness, UK: Atkins is designing a process and associated mechanical handling equipment to allow retrieval and packaging of legacy intermediate level waste (ILW) from cooling ponds for Magnox.
The Areva-Atkins Partnership UK: Our relationship with Areva, the world’s largest nuclear company to form the Areva-Atkins Partnership UK, allows us to provide unique access to Areva’s international decommissioning technology.
Fukushima Daiichi plant, Japan: We’re working with Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to undertake fire hazard analysis services. Our innovative software package, GLASS, will help TEPCO make critical decisions about the safety of the plant by improving speed, accuracy and transparency.
We’re a market leader in designing solutions for the treatment and stabilisation of high and intermediate hazard level nuclear waste in North America. Our portfolio includes innovative, proprietary nuclear waste treatment technologies such as NOH2O (a water sealing technology), as well as other water treatment and vitrification solutions.
We’re also working under a framework on Sellafield Ltd’s Lot 1 Decommissioning Delivery Partnership (DDP), which involves decommissioning and maintenance work on a broad range of facilities on the site, including the legacy Pile Fuel Storage Pond (PFSP), the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo (PFCS) and Calder Hall.
Incorporating new technology early in our client’s concepts means their future waste management challenges can be achieved more cost effectively.
Atkins supports the nuclear defence sector through operations focused on the nuclear propulsion programme and Atomic Weapons Establishment in the UK, and has also undertaken work for the US Navy and Rolls Royce.
Our services to the submarine enterprise range from concept design, through support to build and operation of in-service assets, to final disposal. Much of our work is focused on the design, substantiation or safety justification of plant components, facilities, systems and structures.
We have extensive knowledge of the legislative and regulatory frameworks required to operate existing plants and develop new nuclear in commercial and federal markets worldwide. This includes Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)-licensed fuel cycle and isotope production facilities. In addition, as a leading infrastructure design house we’re able to mobilise multidisciplinary teams to provide owner engineer and architect engineer services.In the US, our federal experience spans more than a decade providing high calibre staff to provide solutions to complex nuclear safety, security and specialist nuclear engineering problems. We have successfully delivered work on the majority of sites in the Department of Energy (DOE) complex. We offer a comprehensive service to our commercial and federal clients along six business lines. Click here for more information about our services.