EDF Energy has named Balfour Beatty preferred bidder for a tranche of new tunnelling and marine works as part of the hugely ambitious Hinkley Point C nuclear power station development.
The four year package entails construction of three marine tunnels – both onshore and off – totaling 9.5 kilometres in length and 7 metres in diameter. Collectively, these excavations will form part of the all-important cooling system required to service the UK’s landmark nuclear development.
For Balfour Beatty, preferred bidder status marks the second major package to be delivered at Hinkley Point C. In 2015, the infrastructure specialist was contracted to carry out £460M worth of electrical works at the power station in joint venture with NG Bailey. This package is currently ongoing.
Stephen Tarr, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Major Projects business, commented: “With our nuclear heritage dating back to the 1950s, reaching preferred bidder status on our second major package of works at Hinkley Point C is testament to both our expert engineering skills and our in-depth market knowledge.
“Hinkley Point C is a project which inspires collaboration by its very nature due to its significant scale and complexity. Our expert engineers will deploy heavy civil engineering skills and extensive knowledge of tunnelling.”
Upon completion, Hinkley Point C will be the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations – the first to be built in the UK for more than two decades. More than 700 job opportunities will be generated over the course of its construction, including up to 15 apprenticeships.