ENGIE Solutions wins a new design, qualification and equipment supply contract for Hinkley Point C.
Five years after the launch of the call for tenders for the HPC* project, the main contract has been signed in Bristol for a six-year period. This contract covers the detailed design, the qualification and the supply of more than 16,000 pieces of equipment for the classified HVAC* systems in use on two EPR units at Hinkley Point C, which will supply low-carbon electricity to more than 6 million UK households.
Hinkley Point C – a major project for both the UK's economy and its energy landscape
20% of the UK's electricity generation comes from nuclear energy. There have been no new nuclear plant built in the UK since the 1980s, and UK governments’ commitment to new nuclear plants was low because of the high costs associated with the dismantling and treatment of nuclear waste and public concern about accidents.
But with the prospect of the existing nuclear fleet reaching the end of its life in the early 2020s and faced with ever-increasing fossil fuel prices, growing environmental awareness and growing energy requirements, the UK government confirmed its support for nuclear energy by committing to the Hinkley Point C project in 2016.
Hinkley Point C marks an important milestone in the revitalisation of the country's nuclear industry. Located in Somerset, in the south-west of England, the HPC nuclear power plant is the first to be built in the UK for more than 20 years. Its two reactors represent a new generation of nuclear power plants and will be used to supply low-carbon electricity to more than 6 million UK households, representing 7% of the country's production.
HPC will also play a major role in the UK's drive to reduce carbon emissions: the electricity generated by both of its EPR* reactors will result in a 9 million tonne reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per year – that's more than 540 million tonnes over the course of its 60-year lifespan.
In addition to the long-term benefits for the UK economy, there are also positive social ramifications. Hinkley Point C will create 25,000 job opportunities throughout the construction period.
ENGIE Solutions, a major player in the civil nuclear energy sector
From air-conditioning to nuclear ventilation, ENGIE Solutions will provide the HPC project with all of its expertise in this area.
The supply contract will cover:
- detailed studies and execution studies,
- qualification of classified equipment,
- supply of ventilation system equipment.
When the contract was signed back in November, HPC's Managing Director Stuart Crooks congratulated the ENGIE Solutions team for its work over the last five years. To date, this contract is one of the biggest awarded for the various projects making up HPC.
Pierre Hardouin, CEO ENGIE Solutions for Industries, echoed Stuart Crooks and thanked his teams for their hard work and commitment over the last six months to winning the contract. He was also keen to reiterate his desire to place safety at the heart of the project: “safety will always be the number one priority for the HPC project”.
The HPC project follows on from the Flamanville reactor. It will extend ENGIE Solutions' experience and expertise in HVAC facilities for nuclear power plants. After Hinkley Point C, ENGIE Solutions will be able to share its expertise on similar projects throughout France and internationally.
*HPC: Hinkley Point C project
*HVAC systems: heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
*EPR reactors: European Pressurised Reactor