Cavendish Nuclear signs major contract to support EDF Energy fleet extension
Today Cavendish Nuclear signed two major agreements with EDF Energy to support the continued operation of its nuclear power stations, which provide around a sixth of the UK’s electricity.
The Lifetime Enterprise Agreement (LEA) means Cavendish Nuclear will continue to provide fuel route and other services to EDF Energy’s seven Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor (AGR) stations for the remainder of their operating lives. It also covers services to EDF Energy’s Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) over the same period.
Under the LEA, Cavendish Nuclear and EDF Energy will work in collaboration to support the ongoing operation of the power stations and support plans to extend the reactors’ operational lives, providing long-term security for UK electricity supplies and the jobs of some 400 Cavendish Nuclear employees across the UK. It will also allow Cavendish Nuclear to plan for the future by securing work for current and future graduate trainees and apprentices.
Cavendish Nuclear has provided specialist nuclear services to the AGR fleet since operations first commenced in 1976. They also supported the construction of EDF Energy’s PWR at Sizewell B, and maintain an on-site team to support its ongoing operation. This latest agreement, currently worth over £40 million per year, is scheduled to continue, dependent on reactor lifetime extensions, until the last of the seven AGR power stations ceases power generation in circa 16 years time.
Cavendish Nuclear has also signed the EDF Energy Strategic Partnership for Lifetime Interface Agreement. In 2010 EDF Energy invited their key strategic partners to form the Strategic Partnership for Lifetime. These partners are considered to be the optimum strategic fit with EDF Energy, with the skills, capability and knowledge to support the AGR lifetime extensions. Under the Agreement the parties are committed to working in collaboration to support EDF Energy’s business objectives. Cavendish Nuclear has supported the Strategic Partnership from the outset, working with the Partners by drawing upon its core skills and expertise to add value across EDF Energy’s lifetime programme.
Roger Hardy, Cavendish Nuclear Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to sign these two agreements today. Cavendish Nuclear, along with the other Strategic Partners, are committed to supporting EDF Energy in their vital mission of keeping the lights on in the UK. These agreements provide us with the structure to do that and to safely maximise the output from EDF Energy’s existing fleet of nuclear stations."
Phil Craig, Cavendish Nuclear’s EDF Business Director, said: “Cavendish Nuclear has supported EDF Energy in the design and operation of its fleet since the stations were first constructed almost 40 years ago. We were the original designers, and manufactured the fuel handing equipment and other critical plant when the stations were first built, and we are delighted that EDF Energy wants to continue and develop that relationship through to the end of the operating lives of the AGR fleet.”