EDF has finally signed contracts with the companies who will construct the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant.
Bouygues Construction will team up with Laing O’Rourke to construct the plant. French firm Bouygues is experienced in such developments and told Construction News the deal is worth over £1.45bn to them.
The construction deal is a big boost for Laing O’Rourke, which recently revealed groups losses of around £246m last year.
Philippe Bonnave, chairman and chef Executive of Bouygues Construction, said: “We are proud to have been selected by EDF for this extraordinary project, a choice that reflects Bouygues Construction’s expertise in the field of nuclear civil engineering.”
“We will be undertaking this project alongside Laing O’Rourke, our internationally renowned British partner. We share the same values and give the same priority to employee safety and the importance of skilled workers.”
The £18bn nuclear power station project will involve some 3,500 site workers at peak periods.
Bouygues Construction won the civil engineering contract for similar EDF power station projects in Finland and France and said the UK project would benefit from the experience gained on these two projects, and would see a number of key innovations implemented, such as digital modelling.