Energy giant EDF Energy has awarded a £30m contract to UK-based Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering to construct a temporary sea jetty at the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear plant site in Somerset, England.
Construction of the 0.5km-long jetty will allow materials for the power station to be delivered by sea and each ship-load will take 250 lorries off local roads to reduce carbon emissions.
Upon completion of the power station, the jetty will be removed and the area will be restored.
Prior to the construction of the jetty, Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering, a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty, will carry out comprehensive engineering studies, offshore and onshore surveys.
The contract was awarded after the completion of the Planning Inspectorate's six month long examination of EDF Energy's application to set up and operate the proposed nuclear plant.
EDF Energy has appointed UK-based Fairport Engineering to provide the systems that will transfer materials from the jetty to the construction site.
Hinkley Point C construction director at EDF Energy Nigel Cann said: "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."
Image: Western End of Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station in Somerset, England. Photo: courtesy of Richard Baker.