Mace has been selected by EDF Energy as the preferred bidder for construction work, management services and NEC contract management. The proposed contract relates to the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, which is set to produce enough energy for 5 million homes when it becomes fully operational.
Hinkley Point is located on the northern Somerset coast and is host to the nuclear power plants Hinkley Point A, currently being decommissioned, and Hinkley Point B, currently operational. Plans have been drafted by EDF Energy for two new reactors with capacity of 3.2 GW at a neighbouring site, Hinkley Point C. The new project will be the first of the new generation of nuclear plants in the UK and will power five million homes (7% of the UK’s energy need). Besides generating energy, the plant and its associated works will create 900 jobs for more than 60 years, and around 25,000 throughout the ten year build phase.
To oversee NEC contract management at the proposed Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy selected consulting firm Mace as the preferred bidder. The role of Mace will be to build four park and ride facilities and induction building, three freight management facilities, improve the local highway and create three accommodation campuses to house more than 1,500 staff.
The construction phase of the project will, in line with EDF Energy’s commitment to support the local community, see Mace predominantly (80%) use local labour force – providing opportunities for the local community. Engagement of the local community will be in the form of apprenticeships for local youth, recruitment of graduates from local universities, as well as the project and management team being sourced predominantly locally and blended with experienced staff from Mace.
The value of the deal has not been disclosed, and the two parties are currently in a period of contract clarification. Once this is completed a final decision on the deal will be made by the parties and relevant investors. This is not the first time Mace has engaged with EDF Energy’s proposed Hinkley Point C power station, the advisory has already delivered on off-site works including project controls, project management, procurement services and commercial management.
“This is a defining project for the UK’s energy sector and we are very proud to have been selected as preferred bidder by EDF Energy. We look forward to supporting the local community through jobs and investment and building on the relationship we have established with EDF Energy over the last four years,” comments Jason Millett, Mace’s COO for Major Programmes and Infrastructure.