Kier BAM has been named the preferred bidder by EDF Energy for the £100m+ contract for site preparation works at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
Kier Bam’s site preparation contract is still subject to planning permission but if given the go ahead will create an estimated 350 jobs over the year. However, the main construction works that follows the preparation works will see more than 20,000 people work on site over the course of the project.
Another part of EDF Energy’s plans is with Centrica, which is for the construction of a new twin-reactor nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset.
Hinkley Point C is expected to generate about 6% of the UK’s electricity.
EDF Energy also has plans to establish a national training centre in partnership with Bridgwater College in Somerset, which the firm will spend £15m on. Its aim is to address skills shortages in the energy sector.
EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said “This is just the beginning,”
And continued, “Our project will inject billions of pounds into the economy, revitalise entire sectors of industry and support tens of thousands of jobs.
“Furthermore, our £15m national training centre in Somerset will help a new generation of young people develop the skills they need for a bright future and a long term career.
“Today’s announcements demonstrate that UK nuclear new build is on track and gaining momentum.”
Energy minister Charles Hendry said: “We have made significant progress in the last 12 months on facilitating investment to the UK’s new nuclear programme. Up to 20,000 jobs could be on offer at Hinkley Point C and so it will be crucial that all elements of the UK’s nuclear supply chain are engaged at every stage of its construction.”