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Human interest at Sizewell BAmec Foster Wheeler's Human Factors team advised EDF Energy on the project to build a dry fuel store at the Sizewell B nuclear power plant, the fi rst such facility in the UK.Human factors, also known as ergonomics, played a major part in the safety case and were particularly relevant to fi ve licence conditions covering suitably qualifi ed personnel, training, commissioning, operating instructions, and control and supervision.The Knutsford-based team carried out human reliability assessments and task analysis, the results of which informed procedures and systems designed to reduce the risk of errors. "A thorough analysis of the human factors aspects of dry store operation was required to support the safety case to move into the commissioning phase for the new dry fuel store," said Roger Ecob, Manager, Region 1 Safety Case Branch, Design Authority, EDF Energy Generation. "Very close collaborative working between Amec Foster Wheeler and EDF Energy resulted in timely delivery of the required work, with an appropriate level of rigour."5Top marks from the instituteAmec Foster Wheeler has won a prestigious award for the way it trains and looks after its physicists.The Best Practice in Professional Development Award, presented by the Institute of Physics (IOP), recognises and celebrates employers who can demonstrate excellence in the way they train and develop staff and promote work-life balance. The IOP's judging panel cited several examples of good practice including a competency assurance scheme, head of profession roles, 'lunchtime learnings', allocation of mentors, and a system of ongoing appraisal.The award, which is valid for three years, was presented at the IOP's annual dinner.David Boath, Vice President for Project Delivery at Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy Business, said: "Our physicists play an important role in maintaining our status as the UK's leading nuclear services company."Clean Energy praised as excellent employer of physicistsProfessor Roy Sambles, IOP President (left), presents the award to David Boath

Image Left: Mike Lynch, Business Manager - Materials and Component Testing Laboratories, at work in the current high-temperature facility at BirchwoodImage Right: Amec Foster Wheeler's Birchwood siteHot stu The UK government's Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has selected Amec Foster Wheeler to lead a new project to set up a high-temperature facility (HTF) for nuclear industry research.The HTF, which will undertake vital testing work on materials used in current and future nuclear reactors, will be funded through a £2m grant from DECC and will be a vital resource for business and academia.Greg Willetts, Vice President for Consultancy at Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy business, said: "Being chosen to lead and manage this important new facility cements our position at the forefront of the industry's understanding about how materials inside reactors perform at high temperatures."This programme will help to re-establish the UK as a major contributor to advanced nuclear reactor technology and play an important part in fulfi lling the aims of the UK government's Nuclear Industrial Strategy."The award followed a competitive bidding round in which Amec Foster Wheeler led a consortium made up of the National Nuclear Laboratory, EDF Energy, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Urenco, the University of Manchester's Dalton Nuclear Institute, the Universities of Bristol and Oxford, the Open University, and Imperial College London.As an open access facility, the HTF will be used by organisations in the nuclear industry and by university researchers. It will be set up at Amec Foster Wheeler's Technology & Innovation Centre at Birchwood, Warrington, where the Clean Energy business operates comprehensive laboratory and test rig facilities that support the nuclear industry. This includes a UKAS-accredited commercial radiochemical analysis laboratory and facilities to support testing in current class water and gas-cooled reactors (PWR, BWR and AGR).The new facility will support an innovative research programme based on recommendations from the Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board.It is envisaged that future reactors will operate at much higher temperatures than those in use now, so builders and operators will need to develop new materials and improve their understanding of how they will perform in conditions as hot as 900 degrees centigrade.The HTF will aid in the retention of key skills and will also go some way to bridging the gap between existing knowledge and the next generation of reactor designers.UK's new high-temperature facility for reactor materials testing to be managed by Amec Foster Wheeler6News