EDF Energy has picked Schneider Electric, UK & Ireland as the preferred bidder for the contract to supply medium-voltage PIX switchgear range, for the £24.5bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK.
Schneider’s UK operations will be responsible for the design, engineering and deployment of the equipment, which is expected to ensure safe operations and reliable energy management at the site.
The firm’s operations in France will be assisting the UK team for the project.
EDF had organised a tender process for the contract distribution, in order to ensure that the British supply chain can compete for those, and that, more than 60% of the project value is to be spent within the country.
Final contract terms for the nuclear power project had been agreed with a number of suppliers including Areva, Alstom, Bouygues TP/Laing O’Rourke and BAM Nuttal/Kier Infrastructure.
While Areva is to deliver nuclear steam supply system, instrumentation and control for the power facility, Alstom France will be supplying the turbines and Alstom UK is to deliver the services during operations.
EDF has selected Bouygues TP/Laing O’Rourke for the main civil works of the project and BAM Nuttal/Kier Infrastructure for the earthworks at the site.
Hinkley Point C commercial director Ken Owen said: "Schneider UK & Ireland is the latest addition to the industrial partnership that will build Hinkley Point C.
"We have brought together a world-leading team of expert partners and suppliers to manufacture and construct the new nuclear power station, which will in turn help revitalise the UK’s industrial stamina."
In September this year, the UK government had approved this atomic power plant construction in the country after nearly 20 years pause.
EDF had signed a Strategic Investment Agreement with China General Nuclear Power (CGN) for the construction and operation of the proposed facility last month.
Following the deal, CGN holds a 33.5% stake in the project with the rest being owned by EDF.
The firm is seeking more partners to offload stakes in the project, without lowering its interests below 50%.
Image: Aerial view of the Hinkley Point site in Somerset. Photo: courtesy of EDF Energy.