Mott MacDonald has signed an MOU with KEPCO Engineering & Construction Company. The two companies have agreed to work together to explore the potential for constructing a large-scale nuclear project in the United Kingdom. Mott MacDonald will support KEPCO E&C in regulatory licensing, permitting, and site development, by providing UK context to the nuclear new build programme.
The announcement comes during a state visit by Yoon Suk Yeol, the president of the Republic of Korea to the UK, where the two countries signed a series of formal trade deals.
James Harris, chairman and chief executive of Mott MacDonald, said: “The potential development of a future large-scale nuclear project could be a critical step in the UK achieving its target of 24 GW of nuclear capacity by 2050.”
KEPCO E&C is a subsidiary of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), the largest electric utility in South Korea, and has been engaged in the design, engineering and construction of nuclear power plants since 1975.
KEPCO E&C and Mott MacDonald are already working together to deliver the $20 billion build of the Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates. The project comprises of four units of APR1400 nuclear reactors and will provide 25% of the Emirate’s electricity needs.
Image: The Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)