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Amec Foster Wheeler secures £35m Ministry of Defence contract

HMS Astute at Sea (MOD)
HMS Astute at Sea (MOD)

[A]mec Foster Wheeler has announced today that it has been awarded a contract to supply the UK Ministry of Defence with research and technology (R&T) services.

The work, for the MOD’s Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme (NNPP), is worth approximately £35m over five years.

The contract will sustain about 70 jobs at Amec Foster Wheeler’s offices and laboratories in Warrington and Dorchester in the UK, where qualified and experienced technicians and subject matter experts carry out desk-based analysis and laboratory testing and also provide programme, project and technical management services.

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said: “Long-term investment in innovative research and technology like this is absolutely essential to ensuring that Britain’s nuclear programme remains cutting-edge.

“Underpinned by the UK’s rising Defence budget and £178 billion ten-year equipment plan, this new deal will help protect Britain and secure scores of highly skilled jobs in Warrington and Dorset.”

Clive White, President of Amec Foster Wheeler Clean Energy, said: “We are valued for our technical expertise, comprehensive laboratory and analytical resources, strong relationships with academia, and best-in-class project and programme management. We are proud to serve this vital national programme, continuing the important work we have done for many years.”

The R&T contract covers critical areas of capability such as materials performance, materials science, modelling, code development, thermal hydraulics and non-destructive testing and examination.

Amec Foster Wheeler has provided support to the NNPP for several decades and this new contract secures that arrangement.

Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business employs more than 1,200 people in the North West of England, mainly at Knutsford and Birchwood in Cheshire and at Sellafield and Barrow in Cumbria.

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