EDF energy chooses UK firms for new nuclear power station

UK nuclear power plant gets green light
EDF has awarded Hinkley Point C contracts to both French and UK companies, image courtesy of EDF Energy

The French nuclear power provider has chosen British firms to do the majority of sub contracted work for its new Hinkley Point C power station.

Hinkley Point C, which is to be built in Bridgwater, Somerset, will have 57 per cent of its parts made by British firms.

Though EDF Energy has selected fellow French firms Areva and Alstom to lead manufacturing of the plant’s reactor system and turbines, UK firms are already lined up for a large amount of sub-contracted work.

Companies bidding for contracts include Costain, to work on the marine elements of the project, and Laing O’Rourke, which together with the French firm Bouygues TP will lead civil construction.

Chris Savage, industrial adviser to the Nuclear Industry Association, explained the choices: “There are a couple of major structural components like the nuclear steam supply system and the main turbine, which aren’t going to be provided from within the UK because we don’t have the capability to do that.”

Other firms involved include Rolls Royce, which has agreed to manufacture components and provide engineering and technical services for the first of the two Hinkley Point C reactors. The firm could win a £400m contract if selected as supplier for all four reactors that EDF plans to build in the UK.