This represents a massive boost to the UK’s engineering sector with Doosan Babcock looking to dramatically ramp up recruitment at its major manufacturing, training and R&D centres up and down the country. As a whole, the work of the ACTAN Consortium will create more than 280 high-skilled jobs throughout the UK.
The Consortium’s Classified HVAC contract, valued at around £220m and set to last seven and a half years, will involve the design, equipment qualification, procurement, installation and testing of all heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment at Hinkley Point C. The HVAC package, including 45,000m2 of ducts and 2,100 dampers and non-return dampers, will keep the nuclear power station running smoothly.
The contract reflects Doosan Babcock’s ongoing investment in a new generation of nuclear engineers. The company has worked tirelessly to train the UK’s best nuclear engineering experts, ensuring its engineers are at the forefront of creating a major low-carbon energy source for the UK.
Today’s agreement marks the company’s continued success in creating high-skilled job opportunities in communities across the UK, including through its world-class ‘around the clock’ welding training centre at Tipton.
By nurturing the very best talent across the country, Doosan Babcock has continued to narrow the engineering skills gap in the UK and offer its world-class training to partners throughout the industry. The contract will also provide a significant boost to Doosan Babcock’s major manufacturing and R&D centre based in Renfrew, Scotland.
The contract also marks the latest step in a long and successful relationship between Doosan Babcock and EDF Energy. Last year Doosan Babcock signed a £70m-a-year deal with EDF Energy to extend the life of seven of its eight UK nuclear power stations including Hinkley Point B. This lifetime enterprise agreement gives EDF Energy access to specialist skills and technologies to support its long-term power generation strategy, and safeguards around 1,000 jobs.
Hinkley Point C is set to provide reliable, low carbon electricity to meet 7% of the UK’s electricity demand. During its 60 years of operation it will avoid around 9 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Dougie McQueen, Director of Major Projects for Doosan Babcock, said:
“We are very pleased to have been selected as a preferred bidder on such an important project in the UK. Hinkley Point C will contribute in multiple ways to the UK economy, including through cheaper, cleaner energy and new jobs. Doosan Babcock’s highly-skilled engineering team are already relishing the prospect of working on such a significant UK infrastructure project and we are looking forward to working closely with our ACTAN partners.”
Andrew Hunt, Chief Executive of Doosan Babcock, said:
“Doosan Babcock has a long history of supporting EDF Energy in the UK nuclear sector and we welcome the opportunity to further build on this relationship. Our unique range of skills and capabilities in nuclear engineering leave us well placed to carry out this work. It is truly great news that EDF Energy has estimated around 63% of the construction cost will be spent with UK firms, demonstrating a significant boost to the much needed skills and jobs in the UK’s energy and engineering industry. We now look forward to getting started and continuing to grow our relationship with EDF Energy.”