Nuclear, Reactors

Balfour Beatty partners Areva to deliver EPR nuclear reactors to UK

4 December 2008 – Balfour Beatty is to partner Areva to ensure effective delivery of a fleet of EPR nuclear reactors in the UK.

Balfour Beatty is a market-leading engineering and construction business and has gained wide-ranging nuclear experience in the UK over the past 50 years, covering civil engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, construction and facilities management at sites including Sellafield, Sizewell B, Hunterston and Torness.

Balfour Beatty will work with Areva to identify the skills and resources required to deliver a fleet of EPRs and to put an effective supply chain in place. It is estimated that the nuclear programme could sustain between 10-15 000 jobs over a 25-year period.

Site construction of the first EPR could start as early as 2013. The Energy White Paper in 2007 first set out the UK Government’s in-principle support for a programme of new nuclear power stations in the UK.

Ian Tyler, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, commented: “We are delighted to be working with AREVA. Balfour Beatty has a strong heritage in the nuclear sector and the breadth and depth of expertise to deliver large and complex multi-disciplinary engineering and construction projects. We look forward to working together to deliver the EPR programme over the long term.”

In a separate development, Balfour Beatty has also formed a joint venture with VINCI Construction to help deliver project management, construction and civil engineering infrastructure for the EPR programme in the UK.

VINCI’s UK-based construction and engineering companies include Taylor Woodrow and Norwest Holst. It will also rely on the expertise of VINCI Construction Grands Projets.

This exclusive alliance will draw on the extensive knowledge and experience of the VINCI Group on international nuclear programmes. This will be harnessed in support of Balfour Beatty within the AREVA partnership and to bid for EPR sites for utilities adopting alternative procurement models in the UK including EDF.