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Laing O'Rourke and Bouygues named preferred bidders for nuclear plant

A joint venture between Laing O'Rourke and Bouygues TP has been confirmed as the preferred bidder for a new nuclear power station in Somerset. The project, at Hinckley Point C, is being developed by EDF Energy and will be the first new reactor in the UK for 20 years, providing low-carbon electricity to five million homes when operational. It is expected that the contract for the construction of the plant will be worth around £2 billion and create an estimated 4,000 jobs, with 3,000 of these being sourced from the local area. The deal will cover the main civil works for the nuclear island, the conventional island and supporting structures at the site. Laing O'Rourke and Bouygues will work together on an Early Contractor Involvement agreement that will see them collaborate on the design and construction methodology of the project. This will seek to improve the cost-effectiveness of the scheme and ensure any potential issues are identified as quickly as possible. Chief executive of EDF Vincent de Rivaz said he is "delighted" to welcome Laing O'Rourke and Bouygues on board for the development. He added it has been a highly competitive tender process that attracted several high-quality and tightly-contested bids. "We look forward to harnessing the relevant and complementary experience, expertise and knowledge offered by this powerful partnership of two well-respected and highly-committed construction companies," Mr De Rivaz said. The agreement was also welcomed by Ray O'Rourke, chairman and chief executive of Laing O'Rourke, who said the development will play an essential part in meeting the UK's future energy demand and supporting the wider economic recovery. Previously, Mr O'Rourke had noted the construction industry will have a key role in providing opportunities for employment across the UK, calling on the government to work with the industry to create positive momentum for the sector. He stated the firm will use its direct delivery capability on the EDF project and invest in a new generation of engineering jobs and skills to help "create a valuable legacy that is so critical to the future success of the UK nuclear industry". 

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