Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe has announced three new contracts to help support the delivery of the Wylfa Newydd plant in Wales.

SNC-Lavalin Group member Atkins, KBR and Wood will work under contract to Horizon Nuclear Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi – the company responsible for the development of the new nuclear plant.

Atkins will provide support on the civil engineering design for the nuclear island, KBR will work on project controls and Wood, a UK-headquartered global engineering firm, will support architect engineering.

Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe project director Eric Chassard said: “Wood, has been involved in every nuclear new build in UK history.

“KBR and Atkins are also world leaders in their fields – with clear and proven experience on projects of this scale and complexity. The pedigree, expertise and detailed knowledge of all three partners are second to none.

“We are rapidly developing a team of the world’s most capable companies as we prepare to deliver the nuclear island and architect engineering for Wylfa Newydd, and couldn’t have found stronger partners to support us.

“This is one more step in the UK’s growing domestic expertise around UK advanced boiling water reactor technology. A chance for UK workforces to play a role at the heart of technical delivery for the Wylfa Newydd project, and to further spread the economic benefit through the UK supply chain.”

He added: “Once operational, Horizon’s plant at Wylfa Newydd will produce some 2.9GW of clean, secure and affordable electricity – and its development will provide once-in-a generation economic opportunities for the UK nuclear industry, and the region of north west Wales.”

Engineering and construction firm Black and Veatch has also secured a contract to work on the project and will work for Wood as the support partner to the architect engineer.

Peter Hughes, director of business development (Europe), Black and Veatch, said: “This win marks a key milestone in our journey to diversify the client base and markets Black and Veatch serves in the UK.

“Wylfa Newydd also meets our goal of broadening the career development opportunities we can offer our professionals.

“Throughout 2018 we have been announcing wins in the UK energy market. With Wylfa Newydd, we are ending the year on a high.”

Wylfa Newydd is expected to start generating electricity in the mid-2020s and will reportedly create up to 850 permanent jobs in north Wales upon its completion.