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Engineer appointed to oversee Hinkley Point C construction

Hinkley site

Scottish engineering firm Wood has been drafted in to provide construction design management advice on the Hinkley Point C power station project.

Effective immediately, the contract with station developers EDF Energy will see Wood engineers “working to help mitigate design risks and prepare for site implementation, achieving safety through design, better value for money and greater efficiency”.

Wood will also become part of the project’s technical management & acceptance team, which is responsible for implementing construction regulations and managing design risk assessments.

Wood chief executive Bob MacDonald said: “We are looking forward to working with EDF Energy on another aspect of this project which is so vital to the UK’s future energy security.

“Our nuclear business has played a key role in every UK nuclear new build and this contract supports our strategy to increase our involvement at Hinkley Point C, where we already provide safety case and engineering support, equipment qualification services in several key areas, and are sole suppliers for independent verification of ultrasound inspections on safety critical components.”

Construction of the new power station started at the end of 2016. Enabling works are substantially complete and excavations for Unit 2 are nearing the finish line. A Kier Bam Nuttall joint venture (JV) has the £203M enabling works contract, which involves excavating over 5.5M.m3 of material, building terracing structures and creating a road network.

Costain has now finished the 500m long jetty, which will handle raw materials delivered by, while Balfour Beatty has the marine works contract to build the three tunnels needed for water intake and outfall.

Milestones for the main civils construction work are also now being ticked off – December’s concrete pour on the first part of Unit 1’s 4,500t base was a major one. The Bylor contractor JV of Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke has the deal worth over £2.8bn for the reactor buildings and main civils works.

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