Website aims to locate UK plant and engineering firms for nuclear alliance with Balfour Beatty

French energy firm Areva is looking for UK suppliers to help build a raft of new nuclear power stations.

The company, which formed a nuclear alliance with Balfour Beatty in December, has set up a website for UK-based equipment and engineering firms to register interest. It will also hold a UK suppliers' day on 16 March.

The firm said it expects its EPR reactor to be used in a “significant proportion” of the new wave of nuclear power stations. The government wants at least eight plants up and running within the next 15 years.

Last week, the government named four spots as potential sites for new plants. Sellafield in Cumbria, Bradwell in Essex, Oldbury in Gloucestershire, and Wylfa in Anglesey have been put forward for further consideration by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Luc Oursel, president and chief executive of Areva NP, said: “We need to start now to forge the UK industrial landscape to ensure we have the right people, the right skills and the right industrial infrastructure to realise our UK EPR projects.”

Robert Davies, UK country director for Areva NP, added: “Such an ambitious programme will not be achieved without the support of major UK suppliers.”

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