EDF announces £2bn winner of contract to build Hinkley
Energy has this week named the construction company which has
won a £2bn contract to build Hinkley Point C power station,
near Burnham-On-Sea, if it gets planning consent.
joint venture, Bouygues/Laing ORourke, has been announced
as the preferred bidder for the Hinkley Point C contract.
work is subject to planning consent and EDF Energy taking its
final investment decision at the end of this year.
announcement is a crucial step in EDF Energys plans, with
Centrica, to build the first new nuclear reactors in the UK for
around 20 years which, it's claimed, will generate enough low
carbon electricity to power five million homes.
of the signing of the contract, the joint venture has entered
into a preliminary agreement for early contractor involvement
which will see the two companies working on the development of
the detailed design, construction methodology and programme up
to EDF Energys final investment decision. The early engagement
is intended to cut costs and construction delivery.
ORourke beat off a rival bid from Vinci/Balfour Beatty.
EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said the selection
process was close.
was a close, very competitive tender which attracted some high
quality and robustly-costed bids," he said. "We look
forward to harnessing the relevant and complementary experience,
expertise and knowledge offered by this powerful partnership of
two well-respected and highly-committed construction companies."
much has been achieved on site already and we now have a strong
partner in Bouygues TP/Laing ORourke Joint Venture to help
to plan the next phase of works. For us, early engagement with
key contractors is critical to ensure that they are clear on their
responsibilities and the expectations we have of them."
are also working towards obtaining crucial decisions on planning
consent and design approval later this year. A huge amount remains
to be done but we are determined to do it."