Government dithers over Hinkley Point decision

Grant Prior 8 years ago
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The government has postponed a final decision on the £18bn nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point C despite energy giant EDF approving funding on Thursday afternoon.

Contracts were expected to be signed instantly after the EDF board made the final investment decision.

But the government said it will “consider carefully” before agreeing a construction start with a final decision pushed back until the Autumn.

Construction work will create 25,000 jobs with 60% of contracts expected to go to UK firms.

Hinkley Point C will provide 25,000 job opportunities during its construction (photo May '14)

Hinkley Point C will provide 25,000 job opportunities during its construction

Domestic firms have already been awarded £1.5bn of work with a joint venture of Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues is lined up for the main civils work while a Balfour Beatty/NG Bailey JV has a £460m electrical package.

Other recently announced preferred bidders include:

  • Cavendish Boccard Nuclear (Joint Venture) comprising of Cavendish Nuclear, Bristol and Boccard, Lyon, France – mechanical pipework and equipment installation
  • ACTAN (Joint Venture) comprising of Doosan Babcock, Renfrew and Crawley, with Axima Concept and Tunzini Nucleaire, both of Paris, France – heating, ventilation and air conditioning*
  • Laing O’Rourke, Dartford – construction of workers’ campus accommodation
  • ABB UK, Stone, Staffordshire – power transmission
  • Premier Interlink WACO UK Ltd, East Yorkshire – construction of temporary buildings
  • Weir, East Kilbride – large pumps for cooling water
  • Clyde Union, Glasgow – main pumps for feedwater system and cooling water system

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