EDF has opened a new engineering design centre in Bristol, UK, to support the next phase of construction at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The UK EPR Design Centre at Aztec West brings together nuclear designers and engineers from EDF and British engineering partners and suppliers.
EDF said that the team would quickly resolve issues to support the construction and commissioning programme, using its experience of the EPR design and the UK regulatory environment.
Around 700 people from the UK and abroad will be employed at the centre by 2021. EDF said that it will support the design, construction, and commissioning of UK EPR nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C, and it will build the long-term skills needed to support operation of the power stations.