EDF has today demonstrated further progress towards plans to build up to four new nuclear plants in the UK, through signing new agreements at the Franco-British Summit in Paris. These agreements, together with others concluded by third parties in relation to safety, engineering and R&D, will support EDF's plans to develop its first new nuclear plants at Hinkley Point with its partner Centrica.
The project, the final investment decision for which is expected to be made at the end of this year, represents a massive investment in UK infrastructure and unprecedented opportunities for the supply chain in France and the UK, employing up to 25,000 people over the course of construction with 5,600 people on site at peak. There are already in excess of 700 people in UK and France working on the Hinkley Point C project.
The agreements signed today include:
The agreement with Kier BAM is the first major construction contract for preliminary works at Hinkley Point C, the site of EDF Energy's first two planned nuclear power plants. The initial activities in relation to these works are expected to begin this spring.
The contract coincides with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Bridgwater College in Somerset under which EDF Energy will pledge £15m of funding. This sets the foundation for the world class training campus facility that EDF Energy will develop in Somerset. The preferred site for the centre is the college's facilities at Cannington Court, subject to design, planning and due-diligence. In addition, EDF Energy has appointed BDG architecture+design as architects for the proposed facility.
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