Power station electrical package

Paul Boughton

Balfour Beatty Bailey, a joint venture of Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, and NG Bailey, has been appointed as preferred bidder for the UK’s £460m Hinkley Point C power station electrical package, for EDF Energy.

The 50:50 joint venture will work across both proposed Hinkley Point C units to deliver the critical infrastructure that will power the station and its operations, creating 1,000 jobs including many specialist engineers.

Works will include the design and installation of circa 76,000 cables totalling over 3,000km in length; over 180km of cable containment support systems; fire and environmental sealing; design and installation of earthing systems, and specialist packages associated with data acquisition and plant control.

Balfour Beatty Bailey’s six year project is expected to commence in 2016 with design work and the construction phase in 2017 and full contract award anticipated for 2016, subject to the Hinkley Point C final investment decision.

Hinkley Point C, which will be located on the North Somerset coast, will be the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for 20 years. The two new nuclear reactors that form the proposed Hinkley Point C will provide reliable, low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand.

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