A joint venture between contractors Kier and Bam has signed a £100M contract with energy giant EdF to carry out site preparation works for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.
The work includes excavation, earthworks, terracing, the installation of construction site infrastructure and formation of roads and networks to allow main construction to start.
The formal announcement comes after NCE revealed almost a year ago that the firms were frontrunners for the work. it also followed Friday’s declaration of an alliance on nuclear energy between the French and UK governments.
The contract is estimated to create 350 jobs – including a significant amount of local employment. Main construction works is expected see up to 25,000 people work on site over the course of the project.
Hinkley Point C power station aims to generate about 6% of the UK’s electricity.