Despite the looming threat of an Austrian challenge to its progress, the Hinkley Point nuclear power project saw contracts awarded and agreements made this week.
EDF has signed agreements with Chinese firms which will supply equipment for two nuclear reactors EDF plans to build at the plant in south west England.
In October 2013, Chinese utilities CGN and CNNC signed an agreement with EDF to take a 30 to 40 percent stake in the consortium to build Hinkley Point. The new supply deal would mean that the participation of the Chinese companies would not be purely financial, French daily Les Echos said.
An EDF spokeswoman said the firm had also signed a memorandum of understanding to exchange information between the companies working on the Areva-designed EPR reactors for Hinkley Point and two EPR reactors CGN is building in Taishan, China.
Meanwhile Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) announced on Tuesday that it was awarded a contract by EDF to provide project management resources to the company’s eight nuclear power stations and two technical centres in the United Kingdom.à‚
Company officials did not disclose the contract value, but noted that the framework contract is for five years with two optional two-year extensions.
Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is providing a range of project management and engineering resources to support EDF Energy’s programme of maintenance and life extension projects to 15 nuclear reactors across the Hinkley Point, Dungeness, Hartlepool, Heysham 1 and 2, Hunterston, Sizewell and Torness power stations, as well as the East Kilbride and Gloucester technical centres. The eight power stations have a combined capacity of almost 8.8 million kilowatts.
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