A British electronics company has been awarded a contract worth £16.1 million to support EDF Energy’s nuclear projects in the UK.
Under the agreement, Ultra Electronics – which serves the defence, security, transport and energy industries – will manufacture and supply safety-critical nuclear reactor equipment for use in EDF Energy’s current UK nuclear power stations.
The energy company has also published plans to build four new nuclear plants, which could generate enough electricity to power around 40% of Britain’s homes. It was given planning consent to build a third reactor at Hinkley Point nuclear power station earlier this year and recently signed two labour relations agreements with trade unions and a major contractor for the proposed new nuclear project..
Paul Garrad, Head of Supply Chain Nuclear Generation at EDF Energy said: “EDF Energy recognise that true collaboration is critical to the achievement of our strategic goals. Ultra has worked closely with us to understand our challenges and to create innovative solutions. This strategic partnership will help deliver our long term objectives and provides lifetime support for our reactors.”
Ultra currently supplies safety based equipment to 113 reactors in 16 countries across the globe.
EDF Energy supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customers, producing one-sixth of the nation’s energy needs.