|From left to right Dr Ian Rees, Executive Director, Business Development, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai; Francisco Sánchez, Safety, Operation & Training Services Director, Tecnatom; Francisco Javier Guerra, Chief Executive Officer, Tecnatom; Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon; Professor Paul Spencer, Dean of College of Physical and Applied Sciences, Bangor University; Greg Evans, Operations Director, Horizon and a scale model of the ABWR reactor.|
Horizon Nuclear Power has partnered with Tecnatom, a global nuclear training services provider, as it looks to grow the future operational workforce for its lead project Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, North Wales.
Tecnatom which provides training services to a range of nuclear power stations around the world, will lead a training support team comprising GEN II Engineering and Technology Training Ltd and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. Collectively they bring a vast amount of global experience both in nuclear operations training generally and in ABWR reactor operations training specifically.
The Tecnatom training support team will work alongside Horizon’s in-house training team and local training providers to enhance and refine the company’s existing apprentice programme and advise on other local apprentice programmes in collaboration with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, the main college in North West Wales. This partnership will also see Horizon strengthening its links with Bangor University to introduce nuclear elements into its existing courses and working with both the University and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai to look at the feasibility of introducing degree apprenticeships.
The training support team will provide a rigorous, Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) in line with global best practice. The initial phase of work will deliver a comprehensive training needs analysis and set the scope of the training requirements for all licenced company roles including the Control Room Operators, Field Operators, Engineers, Maintenance Technicians, Radiation Protection Technicians, Chemists and other support staff. Further phases of work will cover the delivery of training.
Horizon is aiming to bring in a number of global partners to help it grow into a successful nuclear operator and ensure the transfer of global excellence in nuclear skills to Horizon’s growing team on Anglesey and at its Gloucester HQ.
This news comes as Horizon continues to build momentum in all areas of its project. It recently completed a third and final round of Pre-Application Consultation on Anglesey ahead of its main planning consent, a Development Consent Order due for submission later this year. Its technology, the UK ABWR continues to make good progress through the fourth and final stage of the Office for Nuclear Regulation Generic Design Assessment process, on target to complete in Dec 2017. In addition Horizon submitted an application for a Nuclear Site Licence in March 2017 which if successful, will be granted in 2018.