Over 500 UK companies have registered their desire to become suppliers for the Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plant installation programme, according to the programme’s organiser Nuclear Power Delivery UK (NPD).
The Westinghouse AP1000 reactor is one of two designs currently being assessed by UK regulators for potential new nuclear build in the UK.
The 500th company to sign up to supply the programme, should it get approval is Rowyn Construction of North Wales which was presented with a commemorative plate by Westinghouse UK’s head of stakeholder relations, Adrian Bull to celebrate the milestone.
“We are delighted that the number of companies wanting to work with us as suppliers has exceeded 500, and particularly pleased that the 500th company is one from North Wales, where we hope to build the first AP1000 plants for Horizon Nuclear Power,” said Rita Bowser, NPD managing director. “We very much appreciate the work that Welsh Assembly Government, and other bodies in Wales, have been doing to encourage Welsh companies to get involved. As a result of their efforts well over half of the last 100 or so companies to register on our supplier website have come from Wales.”
The Welsh Assembly Government’s Networks team is working closely with NPD UK and their procurement teams to identify global supply chain opportunities and is actively encouraging Welsh businesses to register their interest.
The total value for the UK economy of an AP1000 new build programme is projected to be worth in excess of £30 billion based on a fleet of 10 plants.