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Amec Foster Wheeler awarded major project management contract by EDF Energy3EDF Energy Generation has awarded Amec Foster Wheeler a lifetime enterprise agreement to provide technical support and expertise for its current UK nuclear reactor fl eet.The agreement, the value of which has not been announced, will focus on EDF Energy Generation's reactor systems, reactor technology and plant performance to the end of the operating life of EDF Energy's existing UK fl eet. The agreement further strengthens Amec Foster Wheeler's long-term relationship with EDF Energy and will see the company continue to provide technical support across a wide range of disciplines, including:• Modelling and simulation, ensuring compliance with design codes, standards and regulations, future proofi ng key platforms and systems;• Rigs, facilities, specialist chemistry, corrosion and materials – developing solutions to solve key future and emergent challenges;• Managing ageing and obsolescence and eliminating constraints associated with high integrity control and instrumentation systems that will enable plant life extension and improve generation;• Plant performance – integrating tacit knowledge and targeted tools to predict plant performance in support of the drive for improvements to equipment reliability. Dawn James, Vice President for Generation Services at Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy Business, said: "This agreement will allow both parties to plan on a long-term, strategic basis and invest in resources, tools and facilities to secure safe, reliable operational performance, to deliver EDF Energy Generation's objectives for their nuclear stations."It further reinforces Amec Foster Wheeler's long-term knowledge and expertise in the fi eld of reactor support and will allow us to help ensure that EDF Energy can generate clean, reliable and safe electricity for years to come."Brian Cowell, Director of Nuclear Operations at EDF Energy said: "Amec Foster Wheeler's unique range of skills and capabilities in nuclear engineering, combined with its longstanding relationship with EDF Energy, makes it the ideal partner to deliver the Lifetime Enterprise Agreement. The contract will enable us continue to deliver the secure, reliable, low -carbon electricity the UK needs now and into the future."EDF Energy is the UK's largest producer of low-carbon electricity. It operates 14 advanced gas-cooled reactors at six sites in England and Scotland and one pressurised water reactor at Sizewell in Suff olk.Agreed for lifeNewsHartlepool nuclear power plantDawn JamesA joint EDF and Amec Foster Wheeler team at work inside Heysham 1Our expertise will help EDF Energy generate clean electricity for years to come

NewsBorates boost for VVER operatorsRomania calls in consultancyIn the forefront of thinking on safetyBeacon briefsNews from around the Amec Foster Wheeler networkAbout 40% of the waste from Russian-designed VVER reactors is made up of liquid borates containing the radioactive isotopes Co-60, Sr-90 and Cs-137.The new technology from Amec Foster Wheeler Slovakia is based on several diff erent ways of separating these dominant radionuclides from borates.In trials, more than 80% of the dissolved crystalline sediment waste has been Nuclear Agency and Radioactive Waste Romania has asked Amec Foster Wheeler to carry out various consultancy tasks as part of its work to create a surface repository.The repository is needed because Nuclearelectrica, the nuclear power operator in Romania, intends to refurbish one of the existing reactors at its Cernavoda power plant (pictured) in order to extend its life. converted into purifi ed permeate, which can be disposed of as non-radioactive waste.Pavol Stuller, Director Central and Eastern Europe, said: "This technology can be modifi ed to treat other types of liquid radioactive waste produced from NPPs. It represents a huge step forward in safety and cost for operators of VVER plants."The UK's Offi ce for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) announced last year that it would update its Safety Assessment Principles (SAPs), which provide internal guidance for ONR assessors reviewing safety submissions from nuclear site licensees. The ONR asked for comments, in particular on whether the new SAPs refl ected learning from Fukushima and developments in international safety standards and good practice since the last update in 2006.Amec Foster Wheeler submitted 92 comments, 64% of which resulted in changes to the updated SAPs. Professor Nawal Prinja, Technical Director, said: "This is a measure of the wide range of knowledge and experience we have in our organisation – overall, only a third of submissions from all parties were acted upon." Amec Foster Wheeler has devised a highly eff ective new technique for treating waste produced by a type of nuclear reactor commonly found in eastern Europe.4A computer-generated model of a borates treatment unit