EDF Energy has stepped up work on the site of the proposed new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
The power firm said initial works for Phase 2 of its site preparation project for Hinkley Point C had begun. Such works will involve construction of access roads and drainage systems.
West Somerset Council granted consent for these reversible preparation works back in 2012. The mini project will pave the way for a main start on site if and when EDF makes a final decision to invest in the new plant.
Phase 2 of the preparation project is expected to ramp up over the summer.
A final decision on building the plant will depend on EU state aid approval, after an energy price deal was struck with the government last year.
A joint venture of Bam Nuttall and Kier secured the £100M-plus contract for site preparation works at Hinkley Point C.
Bouygues/Laing O’Rourke was named preferred delivery partner for the main construction contract.