EDF Energy has selected a joint venture (JV) between Bouygues TP and Laing O’Rourke for the civils work contract to build the proposed £2bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, UK.
The nature of the work under the contract includes the construction of the main civils work for the nuclear island, the conventional island and supporting structures.
The work is subject to planning consent and EDF Energy taking its final investment decision.
EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said the company will work with Bouygues TP/Laing O'Rourke Joint Venture over the next few months to ensure it is in a position to begin work on site once the investment framework and permissions are in place.
"We are also working towards obtaining crucial decisions on planning consent and design approval later this year. A huge amount remains to be done but we are determined to do it," Rivaz said.
Ray O'Rourke chairman and chief executive Laing O'Rourke said, "Through our direct delivery capability and investment in a new generation of engineering jobs and skills, we have the opportunity to create a valuable legacy that is so critical to the future success of the UK nuclear industry."
The JV has entered into a preliminary agreement for the early contractor involvement to develop detailed design, construction methodology and program up to EDF Energy's final investment decision.
EDF Energy plans along with Centrica to build the first new nuclear reactors in the UK for around 20 years, which will provide enough low carbon electricity to power five million homes.