Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues, the main civils contractors for the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear Power Station have selected Express Reinforcements, a company based in Neath in South Wales, to provide the steel reinforcement for the project. The power station will eventually require 200,000 tonnes of the steel bars in its construction and will form a major part of the commitment to 60% of the contract value of the project being awarded to the UK.
Express Reinforcements has previously provided steel reinforcing to projects such as Crossrail and Heathrow Terminal 5 and the contract is a major commitment to UK industry.
Speaking for the UK Nuclear Industry, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association told Nuclear Matters, “New energy infrastructure will need steel, and this contract is good news for the important UK steel industry. It further underlines that new nuclear has a much wider reach than the reliable, low carbon power it will supply.”
“Around 60% of the contract value of building the power station at Hinkley Point C will go to companies across the UK. Steel from Neath is just one part of that, and highlights again that vital strategic industries will also benefit from building new power stations to replace our ageing generation retiring over the next few years.”