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The Gallery | Works on site at Hinkley Point C

Images released by Hinkley Point owner EDF show advanced preparations for a new nuclear power station at the site in Somerset.

A joint venture of Bam Nuttall and Kier is carrying out site preparation works at Hinkley Point C under a £100M contract.

Phase 2 of the works – including construction of access roads and drainage systems – began in May.

Power giant EDF received a huge boost for the £16bn project earlier this month when the European Commission gave the green light to the UK government’s energy subsidy plans.

The site preparation project – approved by West Somerset Council back in 2012 – will pave the way for a main start on site if EDF makes a final decision to go ahead.

A final investment decision is expected later this year, with completion set for 2023. The final cost, including all repayments on debt, is expected to be almost £25bn.

Bouygues/Laing O’Rourke has been named preferred delivery partner for the main construction contract.

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