At EDF, we leverage our engineering expertise across the entire power generation process —from power plant design to decommissioning— to help customers improve their performance, wherever they are around the globe. We deliver added value throughout the life span of a power plant.
500: the average number of engineers recruited annually by the EDF Group for the nuclear business
Our engineering expertise is on call for all our power plants, as well as for our partners abroad and even external customers. Our engineering capabilities make a significant contribution to the development of the Group and to its involvement in major international projects.
The engineering businesses draw on expertise in the design and maintenance of industrial facilities.
EDF’s engineering activities cover the three phases of a power plant’s life cycle:
- Designing and building power plants and industrial facilities. EDF designs and oversees the construction of power plants and industrial facilities in partnership with specialized suppliers. For example, EDF engineering is steering the construction of the first EPR reactor in Flamanville (France), the commissioning of the hydroelectric dam in Nam Theun (Laos), and the construction of a combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in West Burton (United Kingdom).
- Providing technical support, maintaining and overhauling power plants and industrial facilities during their operational life. Operations engineering carries out a wide range of heavy maintenance operations and installation modifications. It is involved in the whole operating life span of a power plant, ensuring continuing improvements in quality and safety levels.
- Dismantling power plants and industrial facilities. EDF engineering is tasked with assisting the dismantling of power plants and industrial facilities after shutdown; this is carried out to the highest standards of safety and security, in strict compliance with regulations, and taking full consideration of costs, deadlines, and environmental impact.