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AMEC Awarded £60m Contract by EDF Energy for Gas Storage Facility Extension

AMEC AMEC has been awarded a contract worth over £60 million by EDF Energy to extend a gas storage facility in Cheshire.

The contract, at the Hill Top Farm facility at Warmingham, will see AMEC design, install and commission the filtration and compression facilities, after-cooling, de-hydration, metering and utility equipment. This award extends AMEC's long history with Hill Top as the existing two facilities at the plant were originally designed and engineered by the company. The work will enable EDF Energy to significantly increase its gas reserves, and therefore contribute to the security of the UK's gas supplies.

Engineering will start immediately with planned completion in July 2012, after which AMEC will be well positioned for future asset maintenance work.

Neil Bruce, Executive Director of AMEC said:

"I am delighted that our good and wide-ranging long-term relationship with EDF, combined with our extensive gas storage expertise, has led to this significant award. It is another step towards realising our Vision 2015 strategy to become the leader in engineering and project management services for the natural resources, nuclear, clean energy, water and environmental sectors."

Mark O'Brien EDF Energy's Director, UK Gas Storage, said:

"We're very pleased to be working with AMEC on this latest facility at the Hill Top Farm Gas storage facility. AMEC's expertise in gas storage infrastructure together with their experience of the existing facilities at Hill Top makes them best placed to carry out this work. This project will provide valuable capacity at a time when the UK is looking to increase its gas storage capabilities and will support EDF Energy's gas strategy in helping us to provide secure supplies to our power stations and our customers."

This work further reinforces the long-standing relationship AMEC has with EDF, supporting their lower carbon strategies. Significant project awards include EDF Energy's combined-cycle gas turbine power station at West Burton, UK, and most recently, a contract to support EDF Energy's nuclear new build operations in the UK as part of their Architect Engineer organisation.

Published 19/08/2010

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AMEC (LSE: AMEC) is a focused supplier of high-value consultancy, engineering and project management services to the world's natural resources, nuclear, clean energy, water and environmental sectors. With annual revenues of over £2.5 billion, AMEC designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers. The company employs some 22,000 people in around 40 countries worldwide.

EDF Energy is one of the UK's largest energy companies, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear, coal and gas power stations, as well as combined heat and power plants and wind farms. The company provides power to a quarter of the Britain's population via its electricity distribution networks and supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customer product accounts.

EDF Energy's safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK's largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear reactors, subject to the right investment framework. These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain's homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK's future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

In its nuclear activities EDF Energy has partnered with Centrica, which has a 20% stake in the company's eight existing plants and in the project carrying out pre-development work for new build. Centrica also has the option to take up to 20% stakes in each of the four planned EPR nuclear reactors.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe's largest power companies. Following the integration with British Energy in 2009, the company employs around 20,000 people at locations across the UK.

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