Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded the ‘Hinkley 400kV Cable Works (Mendips)’ contract by National Grid plc as part of the ‘National Grid Underground Cable Framework’. The cabling works will form a critical part of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) connection scheme, which will connect the new HPC reactor to the national grid.
The contract involves the design, supply and construction of a new 8.5km long 400kV double circuit cable route from Loxton in the Mendip Hills to a new substation at Sandford; and, includes the construction of a new cable sealing end compound at Loxton to be completed ahead of commissioning of the first reactor unit in 2025.
The HPC connection scheme represents a major infrastructure project for the UK and in securing the contract Balfour Beatty demonstrated an ability to meet all of the planning requirements laid out in the Development Consent Order which formed a major part of the National Grid’s assessment criteria required for a project of this stature.
Mark Bullock, Balfour Beatty’s Chief Executive Officer for Rail and Utilities said, “This award builds on Balfour Beatty’s deepening relationship with National Grid and demonstrates our ability to deliver a combined specialist cabling and civils package to ensure that the Hinkley Point C connection works are delivered on time to secure the future energy requirements of the UK.”
Enabling works have already commenced with the project employing around 90 people at project peak including a graduate and two apprentices.
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Notes to editors:
- Balfour Beatty (www.balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
- Our main geographies are the UK & Ireland, US and Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the world’s biggest shopping mall in Dubai, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
- Balfour Beatty’s Power Transmission & Distribution teams work with regional, national and international electricity network owners and operators to provide technical engineering solutions across the full spectrum of the electricity grid, including overhead lines, cabling, substations and distribution networks.
- From scoping and feasibility, to design, construction and on-going maintenance, our in-house experts, flexible resources and industry-leading innovations support clients in the development of some of the UK’s most ambitious power transmission and distribution projects.
- Its most recent award was for two contracts worth c. £43.5 million for the Beauly to Keith 132kV modernisation programme; both contracts have been awarded by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, part of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), through the existing F2 Overhead Line General Works Framework and the 132kV Underground Cable Works Framework. It was also recently awarded two contracts worth c. £47 million for the Fort Augustus to Fort William 132kV Transmission Reinforcement project from Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, part of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), also through the existing F2 Overhead Line General Works Framework and the 132kV Underground Cable Works Framework.
- Current projects within our portfolio include the £121m NEMO Link (www.nemo-link.com) - the fifth major interconnector into the UK which supports Europe’s ‘super grid’ and the £55m London Power Tunnels project (www.londonpowertunnels.co.uk) - a new 32km electricity superhighway deep below the capital, which will help keep Londoners connected to safe and reliable electricity supplies. We are also working on a €219 million project for ElecLink to install an HVDC 1000MV electricity interconnector between France and the UK via the Channel Tunnel.