The UK Ministry of Defence has contracted Amec Foster Wheeler to support its Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme (NNPP) with research and technology (R&T) services.
The work is worth approximately £35m over five years and will sustain about 70 jobs at Amec Foster Wheeler’s offices and laboratories in Warrington and Dorchester in the UK, the company said.
“Long-term investment in innovative research and technology like this is absolutely essential to ensuring that Britain’s nuclear programme remains cutting-edge,” Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said. “Underpinned by the UK’s rising Defence budget and £178 billion 10 year equipment plan, this new deal will help protect Britain and secure scores of highly skilled jobs in Warrington and Dorset.”
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.