Assystem Signs MOU to Support New Nuclear Power in Kazakhstan

New commitment will support the introduction of nuclear power in Kazakhstan

International project management, engineering, and digital services company, Assystem has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Samruk-Kazyna, The National Welfare Fund of Kazakhstan, represented by Mr. Almasadam Satkaliev, CEO, outlining areas for cooperation on the country’s new civil nuclear power programme. 

The agreement was signed during an official visit of President Kassym-Jomart Tokaïev of Kazakhstan to Paris on 29th November. 

The Republic of Kazakhstan has decided to invest in nuclear power as a low-carbon replacement for fossil fuels to enable the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15% below their 1990 levels by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

Assystem has a 55-year heritage in developing nuclear power and is experienced at supporting newcomer countries in the development of their programmes. For this MOU, Assystem will   provide the possibility of training personnel and technical advice when creating a nuclear power plant in the country.

Assystem will focus on developing the capability of local teams to enable the evolution of a new skilled eco-system around nuclear in Kazakhstan, which will bring many benefits to Kazakhstan in terms of jobs, the development of academic institutions and the wider economy.

Stéphane Aubarbier, Assystem’s Chief Operating Officer said: “We are delighted to partner Kazakhstan on their energy transition programme. Each country has its own unique energy story, and in Kazakhstan while 70% of its electricity is from its abundant fossil fuel resources, its decision to lower this consumption through the introduction of nuclear power is supported by the country’s large uranium supply and its experience in the management of nuclear fuels.  Nuclear power will be an ideal replacement for coal and gas in the country’s energy mix, bringing a secure and stable supply of low-carbon energy to the grid.”

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This annual event, imagined and organised by Assystem's Switchers, was held from 17 to 24 October 2022 and had as its motive the development of skills and the need to act together.

By repeating the initiative for the second consecutive year, Assystem marked its commitment to create and promote an inclusive work environment in which all individuals feel valued, considered, and respected.

During the first edition, Assystem officially launched its international charter of diversity and inclusion applicable in all countries, which formalises and shares the guiding principles of its Switch & Act for Inclusion policy, around five main themes: disability, professional equality, cultural diversity, LGBT+, and intergeneration. A playful and offbeat approach to raising awareness that provoked the curiosity and support of Switchers across the globe!

For this second edition, the entities of Assystem were able to deploy specific initiatives, in order to highlight their local stakes. This provided the opportunity to promote exchanges, better living together and stimulate creativity while respecting the values and cultures of each country. From France to India, via the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Uzbekistan, this joint effort featured a number of highlights:

  • A diversity collage in all the French branches
  • A livechat on the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in the UK, as well as the launch of the "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Forum", an initiative of Assystem's Switchers allowing them to organise awareness campaigns throughout the year
  • A cultural diversity event "Come as you are" in Saudi Arabia. On the menu? Traditional food and clothing to learn more one another
  • A conference on diversity and inclusion "What is at stake?" for Turkish and Uzbek employees
  • A livechat on the launch of the inclusion policy within the Indian subsidiary Assystem Stup

By this collective mobilisation, Assystem demonstrates its commitment to making inclusion a reality and to follow conviction with action.

So, if you too have the spirit of a Switcher and wish to join a community proud of its skills and which knows how to make its differences a collective strength, contact us! We look forward to meeting you.

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Three new editions to understand how digital technology serves complex industrial projects

Following its success in 2021, the Digital Day, an event bringing together players in the industrial sector to discuss the use of digital technology in complex projects, has made a comeback in 2022 with 3 new editions.

To answer the numerous requests, Assystem organized in 2022, 3 editions in Salives, Manchester and Aix-en-Provence.

In total, nearly 200 professionals attended to hear the testimonies of our customers (Iter, CEA, Momentum, Rolls-Royce, EDF, SNCF...) and the speeches of our experts on the challenges of digital for :

  • Manage and enhance industrial data to facilitate decision-making
  • Digitalising field operations to improve their efficiency
  • Digitalising engineering and project management processes to optimise industrial processes

The Digital Day was a time of conviviality and sharing, and gave rise to rich exchanges that enabled all participants to better understand digital technology in the context of complex industrial projects. Practical workshops were also offered during these days. Opportunities for the participants to share with the digital teams of Assystem their interrogations, needs and stakes and to discover our expertise and our last digital solutions:

  • Data science: DeepREXT, DeepFinder...
  • Customised digital solutions: Geoplanning, Eworkpermit...
  • Virtual reality: Design and ergonomics, Secureview...
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Assystem launch Switch On to accelerate the energy transition

Assystem has unveiled a bold new brand image called Switch On that sets out the company’s commitment to accelerating the energy transition worldwide. This brand evolution also includes the creation a new global community known as ‘The Switchers’ a 6,000 strong collective with the mission to ensure a viable, efficient, and reliable energy future for all. 

Switch On is about the need to respond to the challenge of a lifetime- the switch to low-carbon energy - delivered through an increase in nuclear power, renewables, H2, electrical grid modernisation and the decarbonisation of transport and infrastructure. To mitigate climate change, this energy infrastructure must be delivered quicker than ever before. 

Assystem has been an active player in this fight for more than 55 years, but through Switch On the company is taking it a step further and raising the stakes to help its clients act now and speed up the energy transition through its engineering, project management and digital services. 

To meet demand and enhance its capacity to deliver for clients, Assystem will recruit more than 2,500 new Switchers within one year alone.

Assystem offers rewarding careers for its employees. Switchers will benefit from access to major projects servicing the energy transition, rich training programmes, and varied opportunities for development within Assystem.

Assystem has also unveiled a new CSR policy, ‘Switch to ImpAct’ that is anchored to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and connects to the company’s role in helping to create a sustainable society capable of undertaking an effective energy transition. Assystem will take action in several areas within this policy such as:

  • Switch & Act for Climate to push forward the energy transition and raise awareness about this issue with its employees and external stakeholders
  • Switch & Act for Knowledge to develop the technical and scientific skills needed to meet the challenges inherent in the energy transition
  • Switch & Act for People to conduct business ethically and promote an inclusive work environment in which all individuals feel valued, considered, and respected

Stephane Aubarbier, Assystem’s Chief Operating Officer, "Switch On is our new brand identity to address our clients, our people and those, who are yet to join us but, are as motivated as we are in accelerating the energy transition.

Climate Change is happening, and we need to move quickly on the production of low carbon energy.  At Assystem what unites us is our determination to meet the big challenges ahead; to develop new solutions to build faster, to improve the performance of complex infrastructures, and to accelerate the development of nuclear and renewable energies, electricity networks, hydrogen projects and low-carbon transport.

We are a collective committed to the actors who want to make the energy switch. If this is you, then get in touch today and begin the journey of a lifetime with Assystem.”

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What are you waiting for? Come and join The Switchers community today!

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Assystem has been active in Turkey since 2016, when the company acquired Envy, specialists in siting and environmental services. Since then, the Ankara based team has supported new nuclear projects in Turkey and new renewable energy and megacity projects across the Middle East and Central Asia.  

The demand for more low-carbon energy, to mitigate climate change, is creating a need for siting and environmental services to support site selection and early site investigation works on potential sites for new power plants and facilities. As more sites are licenced, environmental services are required to monitor their ongoing environment to adhere to regulations. As part of the Assystem Group, Assystem’s team in Turkey will expand their services and geographical reach to more clients in the UK, the Middle East and Asia to support new nuclear power, fusion energy plants, solar and wind facilities as well as H2 and major transport & infrastructure projects.   

Assystem offers siting, permitting and environmental services covering site assessment and impact studies and environmental monitoring and compliance in the construction and operation phases of a facility.

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A consortium of fusion experts, led by Atkins - a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group; and energy transition specialists Assystem, has been appointed by UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) as Engineering Delivery Partner to its pioneering Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) programme as it seeks to demonstrate the commercial viability of fusion energy.

The delivery partner will play a critical role in STEP’s ambitions to design and build a commercial-scale prototype fusion energy plant by 2040 over the next two years: completing a concept design is one of two key Tranche 1 objectives to achieve by 2024 that will enable UKAEA to proceed to future phases and meet its ambitious targets. Fusion technology has the potential to provide abundant, low-carbon energy – maintaining the UK’s net zero efforts in the long-term and underpinning future energy security.

The consortium is led by Atkins as prime contractor, alongside international engineering and digital services firm Assystem. Atkins and Assystem have a long history of successful collaboration across nuclear and fusion energy projects, including their work as architect-engineer for the international fusion energy project ITER, through the Engage consortium.

The STEP EDP consortium combines this world-leading expertise with specialist knowledge from partners across the supply chain: fusion In-Vessel Component materials technology and safety specialist Oxford Sigma; In Vessel Components and tritium specialists Kyoto Fusioneering; and Ansaldo Nuclear. Combined, the consortium will bring over 30 years’ experience in fusion delivery from across JET, ITER, STEP and DEMO.

Christophe Junillon, Managing Director of Nuclear & Power EMEA for Atkins, said: “The commercialisation of fusion energy holds the key to unlocking an abundant source of safe, clean energy that will power a net zero future, and the ambitious STEP programme positions the UK as a global leader in such highly complex projects. A viable, investible concept design is central to UKAEA’s ambitions and Atkins is proud to extend our involvement in STEP’s development through this consortium.

Simon Barber, UK Managing Director, Assystem, said “The STEP project is a fantastic opportunity for the UK to continue its leading role in the global race to deliver a commercially viable fusion power plant. Assystem’s role in this delivery partner consortium for STEP builds on a long-term commitment to the development of UK fusion capability, harnessing a blend of UK skills, decades of experience on international fusion projects such as ITER and collaborating with UK fusion specialist SMEs.

Tristram Denton, Head of Commercial and Programme Development for STEP, said: “Fusion has great potential to deliver safe, sustainable, low carbon energy for generations to come, and STEP is leading the way. It’s an ambitious programme operating at the forefront of science, technology and engineering. It’s clear we must make significant changes to address the effects of climate change, and STEP’s delivery partners will play a crucial role in our quest to making fusion a reality.”

The Consortium members have an established relationship with UKAEA: Atkins was appointed Power Infrastructure Partner to STEP in May 2022, in addition to its roles as Commercial Pathways Partner, Site Selection and Development Partner, Cost Modelling Partner, and developing STEP’s Integrated Plant Solution to define a conceptual mechanical handling and maintenance strategy. Assystem is currently delivering the STEP shielding design project, and has a wide range of in-vessel experience including pioneering the safe lithium breeder concept, and robotics and remote handling expertise under the LongOps programme. The Consortium members have previously worked together to deliver wide-ranging projects released through UKAEA’s Engineering Design Services (EDS) and Embedded Engineering Resources (EER) frameworks, with both Atkins and Assystem holding Tier 1 positions.

To read Assystem’s recently published report on how the UK is well positioned to lead the development of fusion energy, visit Fusion Energy: A Global Effort – A UK Opportunity


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The original version of this press release can be found on SNC Lavalin website.

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Assystem sponsors UK Parliamentary Group to help improve the lives of working women

Assystem has announced today that it will be a sponsor of the Women and Work All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), a forum of cross-party MPs that meet regularly to constructively examine and debate the role that policy makers can play to deliver gender balance within the UK economy.

Assystem is invested in gender diversity through its #INCREDIBLEWOMEN programme, that since 2010 has implemented a strategy to recruit more women, retain women in the company through robust policies and procedures and an inclusive corporate culture, and evolve women into senior positions by investing in their career development.

The APPG in 2022 will look at a variety of issues that impact women’s earning potential, including maternity costs, pension inequality, post maternity pay freeze and the need for better gender pay reporting and pay transparency.

The APPG that is chaired by Jess Phillips MP, will produce a report on the group’s findings, and aim at ending the year with a figure of how much it costs being a woman in work. The aim of the report will be to produce hard evidence for better pay reporting and to shine a light around the price tag that comes being a woman in the workplace.

Jill Partington, International Communications Manager, Assystem said: “It is great to join the Women in Work APPG this year as a sponsor, Assystem is highly invested in creating a workplace that removes the barriers to equality for women at work.  

We must pull back the covers on the hidden costs that women face over the course of their careers and as a sponsor of the 2022 APPG, we will be active in sharing our experiences and listening to others as part of an open discussion about the discriminatory norms in workplaces that have the cumulative effect of taxing women at work.”

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UzAssystem drives digital revolution in Uzbekistan’s electricity grid

With ambitions to scale-up deployment of renewable energy technologies to 12GW by 2030, along with plans for 2.4GW of nuclear capacity, Uzbekistan is on a mission towards a low-carbon energy mix. Power system planners are looking to secure and sustain investment in new energy generation assets by aligning these targets with grid management needs.

Understanding what is connected to the electricity grid, from individual homes to industrial complexes and power plants, is essential to ensure safe and stable management of supply and demand.

UzAssystem is supporting Uzbekistan’s grid operator to create a digital model of the country’s electricity grid, which will be used to perform simulations to help assess grid conditions, the impact of new power facilities and the effect of upgrades on the grid across the whole of Uzbekistan.

The JV’s digital specialists are gathering data from multiple sources, including owners, operators, and regulators, to build the model using DIgSILENT Powerfactory. This approach is expected to significantly boost visibility, providing effective clarity on real-time conditions which will enable the grid operator to make informed decisions on the development of infrastructure. The study also lays the foundation for prioritising and sequencing grid integration investments.

Kerem Sadiklar, Uzbekistan General Manager, Assystem said: “This project is a prime example of our cutting-edge digital capabilities in practice. It also highlights the benefit of the joint venture approach – by combining local experience with international expertise we have been able to offer our client clear insight into its needs, which will drive informed and therefore cost-effective decision-making regarding future energy infrastructure in Uzbekistan.”

Any new source of electricity generation can place pressure on a country’s grid. While nuclear provides more consistent outputs, wind and solar power output varies depending on the prevailing weather conditions. This variability can be challenging to manage, especially when you lack clear visibility of your grid infrastructure.

A lack of clarity can also hinder the deployment of such technologies when it is unclear where spare grid capacity is available. Scaling up low-carbon generation capacity requires investment in a modern grid that reaches more remote areas well suited to hosting large assets such as wind and solar farms.

Beyond grid modelling services, UzAssystem is providing its engineering and digital expertise to support the development of low-carbon energy infrastructure across the country, and has also been assisting the Ministry of Energy to update its standards to International Electrotechnical Commission level.

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The emergence of Smart Cities will put an even greater requirement on energy infrastructure to keep pace. In a recent interview with Innovation & Insight Middle East Magazine, Geraud Meyer, CEO of Saudi based Assystem Radicon, shares the positive impact that digital engineering is having on the safety, security and cost of energy projects today. 

How does digital transformation affect the energy sector?

In the energy sector, during construction phases, digital technology is rejuvenating the way projects are developed and thus changing the way project management and engineering are executed, taking advantage of new possibilities. During operations & maintenance phases, digital transformation considers the critical dimension of infrastructures and their obligation of service continuity.

Bringing together the physical world and the digital world of energy infrastructures, digital is enabling simulation and scenarios, leveraging the potential of data, for instance optimising production by anticipating breakdowns, or enabling the transition from document to data.

It is also a way to adopt ‘smarter’ work methods, develop solutions to improve productivity, create digital skills internally and attract new talent.

Tell us a little of Assystem’s plans for developing technologies for the future…

Assystem has an initiative called ‘Engineering Powered by Digital’ to propose advanced services for improving the competitiveness of the services offered, the performance of the projects and being able to reach the optimal solutions in the ambient complexity. Whenever there is an opportunity to improve our efficiency and productivity with digital, we go for it!

This initiative is organised around three main principles: firstly, focus on the user experience and the main pain points, then document to data transformation and finally using a system instead of disciplines approach. These main principles have driven four pillars of the Engineering Powered by Digital initiative as the following services: data science & artificial intelligences services, digital system engineering services, digital field services and project control services.

These services are operated by the Assystem Digital Engineering team, whose mission is to deploy those services & solutions for Assystem customers but also within Assystem’s organisation. 

In Saudi Arabia we have already reached an advanced level in our digital transformation. For example, all our design projects are delivered under BIM 3D, with automatic clash detection and some of them with 4D and 5D; we use artificial intelligence on a daily basis for enhancing our productivity, especially on repetitive tasks, data aggregation for our contractual and technical libraries and digital reporting for our sites’ supervision.

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To find out more about how Assystem can support your digital project, have a look to our digital use-cases.

 

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Assystem focus on gender diversity in graduate recruitment

Assystem is onboarding more women to their graduate programmes to create a new, gender balanced pipeline of engineers to build the low carbon energies of the future. 

To overcome the barriers to entry for women accessing the nuclear sector, Assystem has developed a new graduate programme called the Technical Graduate Scheme, that is aimed at providing on the job technical training to STEM graduates, allowing them to build their nuclear-sector work experience in their first years of work. 

Graduates on this programme will be specialised on the EPR nuclear technology at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, supporting the commissioning of the UK’s first nuclear power station for over 20 years, which will be an anchor project for UK Net Zero. 

Assystem also has a Leadership Graduate Scheme for very ambitious STEM graduates who want to make a start on forging their path into management with a global engineering company. 

Assystem recognises that the energy transition presents a vital stake for humanity and that women need to be a part of it. Thus, it is a key moment to attract women to engineering and ensure that in building a low carbon future, the sector is simultaneously creating a more diverse workforce. 

New jobs and opportunities in developing low-carbon power is a key moment for young engineers to establish their work experience and develop skills that will support their career progression and pave the way for their future as leaders in the energy sector.

Simon Barber, Managing Director at Assystem said: “The learning and development that is underway in the energy sector today is long-held and will provide an unrivalled knowledge experience for these teams.  We are focused on ensuring that women have an equal share in this opportunity, that will set them up as engineers in the sector for years to come.”

Assystem is committed to accelerating the energy transition worldwide which will be vital in fighting climate change. Our experts support the development of low-carbon energy, through the adoption of nuclear and renewable technologies, the renovation of electricity networks, and the production of green-hydrogen for carbon-free transport and industry. 

To apply directly for Assystem’s graduate programmes send your CV and cover letter to graduates@assystem.com

The application window for the Leadership Graduate Programme closes on June 30th.  Applications for the Technical Graduate Scheme are open all year round. 

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