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10Feature"Our project is diff erent because we are not owned by a state utility," says Alan Raymant, the company's Chief Operating Offi cer. "We will be looking for private investors to support us and we are set up with that in mind." This means that Alan, who reckons to spend half his time meeting stakeholders and half making sure the project is on track, also has to squeeze in work on business development.Horizon's major selling point is Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy's Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR), which it Although the media tend to concentrate on EDF and Hinkley Point C, Horizon Nuclear Power has a compelling story of its owndescribes as 'the most advanced in commercial operation in the world today'. Although it is yet to be licensed in the UK, it has operated safely and successfully at four sites in Japan and has been licensed in the USA and Taiwan.Alan read natural sciences at Cambridge and has an MBA from Warwick Business School. During 12 years at Powergen and E.ON, he worked in engineering, energy trading, renewables and generation before reaching director level at Central Networks.His current role began in 2009, when Horizon was owned by E.ON and RWE. Germany's decision to phase out nuclear after Fukushima led them to sell to Hitachi in November 2012. Hitachi's nuclear power business made a profi t of £832m in 2014 but its strengths are in creating and supplying technology to utilities rather than developing and operating nuclear plants. So Alan's task is to create these capabilities within the new organisation at a time when the nuclear industry as a whole is suff ering from a skills shortage. The headcount has quadrupled to 320 since 2012 and Alan says recruitment has been "pretty successful", with one caveat: "In the deeper, technical areas it has perhaps taken longer than we would have liked."Amec Foster Wheeler is helping with specialist engineering support by providing embedded contractors who fulfi l a functional role and also help to build Horizon's technical capability.Our Clean Energy business is also supporting Hitachi-GE on the generic design assessment process for the ABWR, and the Environment and Infrastructure business is assisting Horizon with the planning application for Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey.Interview: Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Offi cer, Horizon Nuclear PowerAlan Raymant

11So, in Alan's view, what differentiates us from competitors? "Undoubtedly, Amec Foster Wheeler has a strong breadth and depth in terms of nuclear engineering. Besides the direct support we need, you are working at other sites such as Sellafield so your nuclear skills are very up to date and you are able to bring the latest thinking."At Wylfa, where two reactors with a minimum generating capacity of up to 2,700 MW are envisaged, the first phase of public consultation has been completed but much of the work to obtain planning consent, environmental permits and nuclear licensing still lies ahead. Horizon hopes to agree a contract-for-difference package with the government in mid-2018, when major work is due to start on site, with first nuclear construction a year later and first generation in the first half of the 2020s. Another two reactors are planned for Oldbury, near Bristol. "We probably won't start main construction at Oldbury until the first unit at Wylfa has started earning us some income," says Alan."It is a massively motivating opportunity and challenge to build something of this scale. This one project is going to supply electricity to around 10 million UK homes and will also help to strengthen the regional economy, provide a huge opportunity for young people to learn new skills and strengthen the supply chain."The political will to make it happen has never been stronger. After Sizewell B was built, the profile of nuclear fell away. "But once we get new build over the line, people not so connected with the industry will realise that it's really going to happen and perceptions will change."A cutaway of Hitachi-GE's ABWRAn artist's impression of how Wylfa Newydd could look