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22 October 2015

Hinkley Point C progress

EDF has announced significant progress for Hinkley Point C.  Final terms for the main civil engineering contract between joint venture partners Bouygues TP and Laing O’Rourke (BYLOR), and EDF, have also been agreed, bringing the start of the UK’s largest infrastructure project one step closer.  

The BYLOR team has been working with EDF for the past four years on the main civils works. This milestone and the agreement on the final terms of the contract with BYLOR will now allow for more detailed planning, to prepare for mobilisation to begin.

Anna Stewart, Laing O’Rourke group chief executive, said “Infrastructure delivery in the UK is at a pivotal point – we have shown the world that major projects, like London 2012 in the past, can be delivered on time, on budget, and to the highest standards possible.  Hinkley Point C represents another leap forward, and the opportunity for British engineers to work alongside our French colleagues on a world class project.  We are delighted that the contract is in its final agreed form between our joint venture and EDF, and look forward to a close and harmonious relationship. This project will provide thousands of job opportunities during construction and eventual operation, with a high proportion in the South West.  Furthermore, it will make a significant contribution towards the local economy, as well as securing sustainable power provision to the UK.”

Martin Westbury, BYLOR project director said, “BYLOR welcomes the significant milestone announced today. Since being named as preferred bidder for main civil works, we have worked closely with the client, EDF, and their designers under an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) agreement.  This has allowed us to work together to help define construction processes and methodology.  We have cemented a truly collaborative working relationship between BYLOR and EDF, so that we can look forward to the increase in project activity with confidence.”

BYLOR is one of a number of major suppliers for Hinkley Point C whose contracts have now been agreed in final form. 

Laing O’Rourke Wales & West was recently named as the preferred bidder for the construction of workforce accommodation on site. 
 
Hinkley Point C will have a 60 year lifespan once operational and will provide 7% of the UK’s generation needs, enough power for more than five million homes. The electricity generated from the new power station will avoid 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year, compared to fossil fuelled power generation.

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