January 2018 - Wood

Eurosafe NEWS

Dear readers,

Amec Foster Wheeler merged with Wood Group in October 2017 to form Wood, a UK-headquartered global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. Wood operates in more than 60 countries, employs about 55,000 people and has revenues of more than $11 billion. 

As a result, Wood has become the new parent company of the Regulatory Support Directorate (RSD), which remains an independent, stand-alone, ring-fenced, autonomous organisation, separated from operations and business activities within the broader Wood organisation.

While RSD will benefit from reachback into Wood’s widened pool of technical specialists, its existing personnel and the longstanding technical safety support they provide to UK nuclear regulators will continue to operate to the highest standards. 

The support we provide to the UK regulatory community was recognised when we successfully applied to become the first UK-based member of the European Technical Safety Organisation Network (ETSON).

We remain fully committed to our participation in the activities of ETSON and Eurosafe alongside colleagues from Europe and the wider world.

In this newsletter, I hope you will enjoy reading about some examples of Wood’s work relating to nuclear safety. Feel free to contact us for more information about any of the topics covered.

Greg Willetts
Vice President (Nuclear)

A new methodology for worker evacuation and dose assessment following a radiological release

A new methodology has been developed by Wood for nuclear power plant worker evacuation following on-site radiological incidents.  In the event of a radiological release, it is important that workers in the vicinity are evacuated promptly to minimise their exposure to radiation. The evacuation methodology needs to take into account the radiation field within the facility in order to establish an evacuation route that minimises doses consistent with the principle of ALARA.



Validation is one of the keys to safety at Hinkley Point C

Wood is playing a key role at Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for more than 20 years.  Wood’s Inspection Validation Centre (IVC) is qualifying ultrasonic inspections on high integrity welds in primary circuit components for the two 1.6-gigawatt reactors.

Building blocks in the future of energy

ITER aims to be the first nuclear fusion reactor to produce more energy than is required to power its plasma.

Wood’s support to the project, based in Provence, France, goes back decades. Current work includes the first wall panels (FWPs) for the blanket which protects the ITER machine from the plasma; the test blanket modules (TBMs), which are an essential part of breeding tritium to fuel the fusion reaction in future reactors; and the remote handling system for the neutral beam, which heats the fuel in the tokamak.   

Accolade for nuclear safety culture training

Wood’s Nuclear Safety Culture Training programme has gained a key industry accolade.

Following rigorous assessment, a panel of experts found that the course supports the knowledge requirements of the Nuclear Institute’s Nuclear Delta®, which defines the attributes necessary for nuclear professionals.

Replacing a safety-critical NPP control system

Nuclear power plants are fitted with equipment in current use at the time of design and construction. Inevitably, technology moves on and some of that equipment will in due course become obsolete.

30 years on… and still providing ANSWERS

Wood’s ANSWERS Software Service has been at the forefront of radiation transport modelling for more than 30 years.

DIT Civil Nuclear Showcase 2018

27 & 28 February 2018
at London, UK

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European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring

10 - 13 July 2018
at Manchester, UK

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NDT 2018

10 - 12 September 2018
at Nottingham, UK

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Decommissioning Safety

ENSTTI, the professional training and tutoring institute to transfer the knowledge and the knowhow of the European Nuclear Safety Organizations, offers a 5-day-training on

5 - 9 March 2018 in Paris, France

This course aims at Professionals mainly from Nuclear Regulatory Authority and Technical Safety Organization, that would like to enhance their knowledge on the particularities of the decommissioning of different types of nuclear facilities and start points for decommissioning.

The training is limited to 20 participants. So don’t be late and register now at the enstti website...



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