EDF Energy has chosen Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering to build a temporary sea jetty at the site of its proposed nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
The jetty will be built subject to a final decision from EDF to proceed with the new nuclear project.
A Balfour Beatty and Vinci joint venture lost out as preferred bidder on the £2 billion main civils package at the site to a Laing O’Rourke/Bouygues joint venture in June.
Construction of the 500 m-long jetty will employ 120 people at its peak and it will allow materials for the proposed Hinkley Point C station to be delivered by sea.
Each ship-load will take 250 lorries off local roads, reducing carbon emissions in line with EDF Energy’s transport and sustainability strategy.
After the completion of the power station, the jetty will be removed and the area restored.
The Balfour Beatty subsidiary will complete detailed engineering and onshore and offshore surveys before building starts on the jetty, the pier head and the associated onshore structures.
Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering is one of the Balfour Beatty subsidiary brand names due to be dropped as part of Balfour Beatty’s restructure, which takes effect from January 2013.
Fairport Engineering has already been appointed by EDF Energy to provide the systems that will convey materials from the jetty to the construction site.
EDF Energy Hinkley Point C construction director Nigel Cann said: “Our team will soon be ready to deliver Hinkley Point C, a project similar in scale to the Olympics, which will bring immense benefits in jobs, skills and economic growth.
“The temporary jetty contract will help us get to work quickly and will reduce the impact of the construction of the proposed new nuclear power station on both the local community and the environment.”
Balfour Beatty regional director Graeme Barclay said: “Already an established regional business, we are fully committed to the community and welcome opportunities to employ local workforce, working collaboratively with EDF to successfully deliver this challenging project.”