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Hitachi names Bechtel as manager for UK nuclear project

Japanese builder clarifies roles to tamp down costs

Pylons are seen outside the Wylfa nuclear power station in Wales. Hitachi's U.K. nuclear plant project has seen rising costs.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese industrial group Hitachi seeks to rein in the ballooning cost of its British nuclear power plant project by naming a manager and clarifying the roles performed by the company and its partners.

U.S. engineering company Bechtel will serve as a project manager for the proposed Wylfa Newydd power plant from now on, overseeing design, construction and cost control, while Hitachi and Japanese plant builder JGC will handle design and construction, Hitachi said on Wednesday.

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