Engineering group clinches £84m contract linked to nuclear power plant construction

From left: David Blackburn, Robin Whitehead, Colin Vizer (BGEN)

BGEN, the Warrington-based engineering firm driving the energy transition, has been awarded an £84m project by GE Steam Power Systems to provide electrical and instrumentation solutions to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.

When complete, Hinkley Point C is expected to deliver seven per cent of the UK’s CO2-free energy for the next 60 years.

The plant is projected to generate 3.2+ GW to the grid – enough to power six million homes, while saving nine million tons of CO2 emissions a year.

GE Steam Power will supply the two conventional power islands for HPC, which include the Arabelle steam turbine, generator and other critical equipment.

The Arabelle produces two per cent more power output than a traditional configuration, has a 99.96% reliability rate and will be the largest ever to be built – and each capable of producing 1,770 MW of electrical power.

BGEN’s remit includes the design, supply and installation of electrical and instrumentation packages for Unit 1 and Unit 2 Turbine Halls of the nuclear power plant. Standing at 50 metres high, each will house one of the world’s largest Arabelle steam turbines, along with a generator and other critical equipment.

Zied Ben-Chabaane, Site Director at GE Steam Power Systems, said: “Our agreement is the result of effective collaboration, cooperation, and camaraderie amongst our teams at GE Steam Power Systems, BGEN, as well as the support from our client and EDF Energy subsidiary, NNB GenCo. We are very confident that together with BGEN, this project will be a great success.”

Robin Whitehead, CEO of BGEN, said: “This contract that we’ve secured with GE Power Systems is our latest prestigious win within the nuclear energy sector. It’s testament to our proven collaborative approach and ability to deliver turnkey solutions in a highly regulated environment.”