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The work, which began earlier this year and is ongoing, involves characterisation of waste components taken from high energy accelerators including the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle accelerator.Samples are sent from CERN's headquarters near Geneva for analysis at Amec Foster Wheeler's laboratories.Greg Willetts, Vice President for Consultancy at Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy business, said: "CERN is one of the world's most prestigious science projects and sets very high standards for its suppliers."We have received excellent feedback about the quality of our work and have exceeded CERN's expectations by delivering fully accredited results within fi ve weeks on average, rather than the three months specifi ed in the contracts."We aim to build on this developing relationship with CERN and off er a wider range of Amec Foster Wheeler services. This work complements our strategy to support 'Big Science' projects with engineering, project management and scientifi c consultancy, as well as the work we are doing at ITER, the world's largest nuclear fusion project."The LHC, a 17-mile ring of superconducting magnets (pictured) which steer proton beams travelling at close to the speed of light, has enabled physicists and engineers to understand better how ordinary matter is constituted, for example by confi rming the existence of the Higgs boson and discovering a new class of particles known as pentaquarks. When protons deviate from the beam, they collide with magnets or other machine components and this produces a low level of induced activity in the materials. When some components are removed from the accelerators, radiochemical testing is required to ensure that they can be disposed of in the safest and most cost-eff ective way.Amec Foster Wheeler's radiochemical laboratories are some of the largest in the UK, carrying out independent testing for nuclear operators, research institutes, decommissioning contractors, contaminated land consultants, local authorities, regulators, water companies and defence establishments. Main picture courtesy of CERNGreg WillettsCERN contracts bolster 'Big Science' questAmec Foster Wheeler has won a series of contracts to carry out radiochemical testing for CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.9

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