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Company with Cumbrian operation announces £125m deal

Westlakes Science & Technology Park, where Amec has one of its Cumbrian offices.

Westlakes Science & Technology Park, where Amec has one of its Cumbrian offices.

Engineering consultancy Amec Foster Wheeler – which has offices in Westlakes Science & Technology Park, Moor Row and at Sellafield as well as staff based at the BAE Systems submarine yard in Barrow – will provide support to French company EDF’s reactors in the UK.

This news comes as the firm announced that a £2.2bn takeover with Aberdeen-based oil services company Wood Group had been approved by both firm’s boards of directors.

The deal, if it goes ahead, is unlikely to affect Amec’s Cumbrian operations, which deal mainly with nuclear projects, including in Sellafield and Barrow, as this part of the company is up for sale.

Clive White, president of Amec’s clean energy business, said: “Amec Foster Wheeler’s deep technical knowledge and strong track record in project delivery are crucial to our continued support for EDF Energy’s UK stations, which are producing more electricity than at any time since 2003.

“Amec Foster Wheeler’s relentless focus on safety and efficiency is designed to maximise the value of our customers’ assets, and we look forward to working in close partnership with EDF

Stuart Crooks, EDF Energy’s managing director of generation, said: “Amec Foster Wheeler has worked in partnership with EDF Energy for a number of years and shares our vision for zero harm, exceptional nuclear safety performance, and world record-breaking results. The support of all our strategic partners is an important factor as we continue to operate our nuclear stations to the highest standards, providing secure, low-carbon, affordable power for the UK.”

Amec listed its nuclear division for sale in December last year.

A company statement said: “The company has received a high level of interest and expects indicative bids later this month.”

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