NuGen has signed a major contract with Fugro, worth approximately £20m, to carry out a thorough programme of site characterisation work – starting in December.
The site characterisation work will inform the design and layout of Moorside, and will support licensing, planning applications and other consents required to build the new nuclear power station in West Cumbria – which will be capable of generating up to 3.6GW of electricity.
The onshore investigation is the first stage of the project and will go on until the summer of 2016, with the majority of the offshore element scheduled to begin in spring 2016.
- Onshore geotechnical site investigations, consisting of over 300 boreholes and laboratory analyses
- Onshore 2D seismic surveys, topographical (terrain) surveys and groundwater monitoring
- Marine geotechnical drilling of 30 boreholes, sampling and testing, including wireline geophysics
- Marine bathymetric surveys (studies of the ocean floor)
Esa Heiskanen, NuGen’s Chief Project Officer and Deputy CEO, said: “The start of the site characterisation work marks an important stage for NuGen and the Moorside Project.
“The data we receive as a result of the work will be vital in developing the project which – when completed – will be capable of generating seven per-cent of the UK’s electricity.”
The contract is expected to rely on the local supply chain to deliver specific elements of the work, such as supplying plant and consumables.
Ian Judge, Fugro’s Project Director, commented: “We are delighted to be expanding our relationship with NuGen with the award of this site characterisation contract. It is one of the largest UK investigation contracts to be awarded as a single package and it recognises Fugro’s standing as an independent service provider as well as our unique ability to deliver integrated data for major developments such as the Moorside Project.”
Russell Rome, NuGen’s Head of Contracts and Purchasing, said: “This is the largest contract we have placed since NuGen signed the land deal with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and signifies that the next stage of the Moorside Project is well underway.”