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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

'The importance of this contract is that certain aspects of the functioning of the ITER plant would be impossible without the sophisticated robotic handling systems we are working on and, as such, they are part of that proof that fusion can, in the end, provide a sustainable energy source for the future.'Feature12Artist's impressions give an idea of the scale and complexity of the robots which will be essential to the success of ITER.Jon Montgomerie, Chief Engineer, European Remote Handling Alliance