From waste management in the USA, operations and maintenance in the Middle East, plant life extension in Canada, to new build reactors in UK and Europe, our teams engineer, build, manage and decommission nuclear facilities, using the latest technology solutions to ensure the lights stay on and that energy is safer, cleaner and smarter. Our role working on one of the first-generation nuclear reactors in the UK during the 1950s to our current work spanning the global nuclear market means that we are equipped to work on every stage of the nuclear project lifecycle.
Since the acquisition of Atkins by SNC-Lavalin in 2017, over 3,000 nuclear experts worldwide work on projects that combine these specialist skills with technical knowledge from other infrastructure disciplines around the group. Certain offices are dedicated to particular nuclear clients, with whom we work on major nuclear programmes for example Hinkley Point C in UK, ITER in France, and Barakah in the UAE. However all our programmes, whether at Sizewell C, Hunterston B, Sellafield, Darlington, the SMR programme with Rolls Royce, Fukushima, or Berkeley, tap into this cross-sector expertise.
We hold long-term relationships and partnerships with the UK Government on nuclear sector deal and SMR technology; the UAE Government on its new civil nuclear programme; global CANDU utilities, as steward of CANDU technology; and the US Government and Department of Energy.
Our role extends further to advise on future energy policies and the important role that nuclear has to play. Ultimately, we believe that the future energy system must move away from its dependence on fossil fuels. Energy generation will comprise of renewables and nuclear (fission and fusion); storage and smart demand management will be employed to optimise use of generating assets; energy vectors will be electricity and hydrogen; and the system will be much more decentralised than today.