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Hinkley Point C contractors form joint venture

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Balfour Beatty, Bailey, Altrad, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock have formed a new joint venture to carry out their work on Hinkley Point C. 

The Mechanical, Electrical and HVAC (MEH) venture will work across the Hinkley Point C site to deliver the projects ‘‘priorities of safety, quality, time and cost’’. 

The decision to form a new joint venture comes following collective experience gained from other nuclear construction projects across the UK.  

The venture will unite 20,000 nuclear experts with 65 years of industry knowledge to deliver safe nuclear design, decommissioning, modification, maintenance and construction. 

Hickey Point C operator CGN UK chief executive Zheng Dongshan said: “CGN warmly welcomes the establishment of the MEH Joint Venture, and the role played by our colleagues in CNPEC in bringing it about.  We believe strongly that it will deliver huge benefits to the delivery of the Hinkley Point C project, and to the UK nuclear industry as a whole.” 

This will enable different contractors to work as a single entity as they work to deliver the intensely complex installation of cabling and pipework to the 2,500 rooms that will make up the new power plant.  

Hinkley Point C managing director Stuart Crooks said the innovative joint venture will benefit all contractors.

He said: “This new approach is a major example of innovation at Hinkley Point C which puts the interests of the whole project above those of any individual contractor. That co-ordination is good for contractors, pooling skills and expertise for everyone’s benefit.

”It also boosts UK industrial capacity and presents an opportunity to create jobs and skills by creating specialist pipework manufacturing in Britain.”

The MEH joint venture will also develop cutting-edge pipework manufacturing in the UK for use on other nuclear projects in the UK and overseas.  

MEH Joint Venture interim managing director Richard Bowman added: “Today marks an exciting milestone in our industry – forming the MEH Joint Venture and bringing together all tier one MEH and support services contractors to work in partnership with the Hinkley Point C project. It represents the start of a new way of working.” 

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