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£203M Kier Bam contract for Hinkley Point C finalised

The Kier-Bam Nuttall joint venture which will carry out enabling works for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has finalised its £203M contract with EDF.

The JV will excavate more than 5.5M.m3 of material, undertake earthworks, and create terracing and the road network for the new nuclear facility.

Kier-Bam was originally appointed almost four years ago and the final contract is expected to create 600 new jobs. At the time of the original appointment, the cost of the earthworks was put at £100M, although this has since doubled.

EDF Hinkley C

Source: EDF Energy

Hinkley C pre-construction works, May 2015.

Kier executive director, infrastructure and overseas Sean Jeffery said: “We have worked closely with the new nuclear team at EDF Energy to respond to key challenges, so we are proud of the role that we have played in helping the project to reach this critical milestone. It is an exciting time; we are at the forefront of the nuclear renaissance for the energy sector, and Hinkley Point C will be a seminal project for the industry. Today marks a key step change in momentum, and now enables us to recruit industry talent and local expertise in order to resource according to meet our expanded brief.”

Bam Nuttall chief executive Stephen Fox added: “This is a significant milestone in the ultimate delivery of this scheme. We are proud to be associated with a project that will play a significant part in providing for the future energy needs of the UK.”

Yesterday EDF and China General Nuclear Corporation (CGN) signed a deal which signals the green light for the Somerset mega-scheme. Under its terms, EDF will take a 66.5% stake in Hinkley Point C, with CGN taking the remaining 33.5%.

The Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke JV has also agreed final terms for its Hinkley civils contract.

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