Consulting and contract services company Hydrock Group has been awarded the preliminary ground investigation contract by E.ON AG for a proposed new nuclear power station in Gloucestershire, England.

The contract is due to start on 3 August and will involve the drilling of 22 boreholes between 40m and 80m in depth in addition to down-hole geophysics and geotechnical testing, the company said.

Hydrock said it has been working in the new nuclear build programme for the last 18 months.

“This is a complex and critical piece of work in preparation for the construction of the new facility and we are pleased that E.ON has selected Hydrock to carry out the work,” said Hydrock director Adam Fisher.

The contract was awarded following a selection process involving a pre-qualification submission.