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Three Scottish firms poised for nuclear plant work

HinkleyThree Scottish companies are in line for substantial contracts after named preferred bidders for the first nuclear power station to be built in Britain for more than 20 years.

Doosan Babcock, Clyde Union Pumps and the Weir Group will get a share of more than £1.3 billion to build Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

EDF Energy, the French firm which is leading the consortium, estimates that more than 60% of the construction cost will be placed with UK firms.

The power station is yet to gain final approval, but if built it will meet 7% of UK demand for electricity. Some 25,000 workers will be on-site during its construction, including 1,000 apprenticeships.

EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz, said: “Hinkley Point C will be at the forefront of the revitalisation of the UK’s industrial and skills base, and we have worked hard to build a robust supply chain to support new nuclear in the UK.

“The project will boost industrial stamina in the UK and kick-start the new nuclear programme. Experience gained at Hinkley Point will help firms be successful in nuclear projects around the world.”

Preferred bidders include:

  • Balfour Beatty Bailey (Joint Venture) comprising of Balfour Beatty, London and NG Bailey, Ilkley, Yorkshire – electrical cabling and equipment installation
  • Cavendish Boccard Nuclear(Joint Venture) comprising of Cavendish Nuclear, Bristol and Boccard, Lyon, France – mechanical pipework and equipment installation
  • ACTAN (Joint Venture) comprising Doosan Babcock, Renfrew and Crawley, with Axima Concept and Tunzini Nucleaire, both of Paris – heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Laing O’Rourke, Dartford – construction of workers’ campus accommodation
  • ABB UK, Stone, Staffordshire – power transmission
  • Premier Interlink WACO UK, East Yorkshire – construction of temporary buildings
  • Weir, East Kilbride – large pumps for cooling water
  • Clyde Union, Glasgow – main pumps for feedwater system and cooling water system

Two companies are already working on the project:

  • G4S, Surrey – security
  • Aggregate Industries, Leicestershire – construction of the Cannington bypass, park & rides and highway improvements

Project management contracts have been signed with the following companies, with the value of each contract to be determined for services that will be provided over the duration of construction:

  • KBR, Greenford and Leatherhead – project management of site operations and equipment contract management
  • Jacobs, Reading – project management of building and civil work
  • Gleeds, London and Gloucester – contract management services
  • Faithful+Gould, Bristol – contract management services
  • Turner and Townsend, Leeds – project controls and project management
  • Mace, London – contract management services


Companies have been encouraged to form joint ventures in order to bring together experience and knowledge – a number of key contracts have therefore been awarded to JVs which involve UK and French companies.

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