Bilfinger Salamis UK secures five-year Hinkley Point C inspection contract with EDF Energy

21.07.2021

Leading operations, maintenance and asset integrity contractor Bilfinger Salamis UK has won a multi-million pound, five-year, agreement with EDF to deliver advanced inspection services at the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station currently under construction in Somerset

Due to start immediately, the tier-1 contract will initially create in excess of 80 new NDT, ANDT and project management jobs across locations in Somerset, Bristol, and Humberside. Bilfinger will provide radiography, Phased Array, Ultrasonic, Magnetic Particle Inspection, Dye Penetrant Inspection, Visual, and Positive Material Identification services.

The agreement builds on two major contracts awarded to the business’s sister companies, Bilfinger UK, Bilfinger Piping Technology & Bilfinger Engineering Technologies, that cover execution design, procurement, supplier management, fabrication and installation of pipework and other equipment for carrying steam between the plant’s reactors and electricity-generating turbines.

David Hall, operations director for inspection at Bilfinger Salamis, said: “This represents a landmark contract for our business and a key milestone in our mission to diversify our business. 

“Working closely with EDF, we have invested heavily in developing our nuclear-specific expertise and capabilities in recent years and as a result, our teams are perfectly placed to provide these vital services alongside the packages of works and the group is already contracted to deliver at the site.

“We are proud to be supporting EDF in delivering this landmark project, which will play a key part in supporting the UK on its road to a net-zero future. This agreement, together with the contracts the group has already secured, will create hundreds of new jobs and training opportunities across the country.

"In delivering these employment benefits, Hinkley Point C is having a positive impact on the UK’s industrial capabilities and talent pools for years to come.”

The two new nuclear reactors being constructed at Hinkley Point C in Somerset are the first in a new generation of UK nuclear power stations and will provide low-carbon electricity for approximately six million homes. They will make a significant contribution to the UK’s move to reduce carbon emissions, offsetting nine million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year over their 60-year lifespan.

Bilfinger was appointed as a strategic supplier to EDF’s Hinkley Point C project in 2018 and initially received contracts for design preparation and planning work together with the solid waste treatment. Together, the contracts awarded to date bring Bilfinger’s total volume of work on the Hinkley Point C project to over £400 million.