EDF selects joint venture for new nuclear power plant construction in UK

EDF Energy on June 19 said it selected a Bouygues TP/Laing O’Rourke joint venture as the preferred bidder for a contract for civils work to build a proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in the UK.

The contract, worth around £2 billion ($3.15 billion), includes the construction of the main civils works for the nuclear island, the conventional island and supporting structures. The work is subject to planning consent and EDF Energy taking its final investment decision at the end of this year.

"The agreements announced today show we are continuing to maintain momentum in 2012 towards our final investment decision," said EDF Energy Chief Executive Vincent de Rivaz. "2012 is a defining year for new nuclear. We will continue our discussions with Government about agreeing a legally robust investment framework."

Ahead 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 program up to EDF Energy’s final investment decision.

EDF said the contract is the first relating to the main construction works which will see up to 25,000 jobs created on site over the course of the project.

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