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Flamanville experience helps Bouygues/Laing O’Rourke land Hinkley job

French contractor Bouygues’ experience in constructing the Flamanville nuclear power plant in France helped win the Hinkley Point C contract, EdF Energy told NCE yesterday.

EdF Energy Hinkley Point construction director Nigel Cann said Bouygues’ experience in constructing the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) at Flamanville, also being used at Hinkley Point C, helped them win the contract.

“[Bouygues] brings lessons learnt from the Flamanville plant,” said Cann explaining why the contracting joint venture of Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke won the £2bn main civils contract.

Cann added that Laing O’Rourke also brought a track record of delivering nuclear facilities in the UK.

But construction of the Flamanville nuclear power station has been plagued with difficulties.

Electricity generation from the new nuclear power station was originally expected in 2012, six years after construction began. But a series of setbacks has resulted in EdF revising this date to 2016.

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