23rd October 2017 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

ABB have won a £99m order to the provide power transmission infrastructure at Hinkley Point C.

The multinational robotics and equipment firm, ABB has won a $130m (£98.7m) order to provide the power transmission infrastructure at EDF’s Hinkley Point C. The facility, which is located in Somerset will be the first new nuclear power plant in the UK in over twenty years and will be capable of providing 7% of the nation’s power when it opens in 2025.

Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids division said: “This is a great opportunity to showcase ABB’s global expertise in executing large, complex and time-demanding projects.”

He added: “It reinforces ABB’s focus on leveraging its vast portfolio, technology strengths and project management capabilities to deliver differentiated customer value and enable a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

The design, supply and installation of the infrastructure will be carried out by ABB’s UK Power Grids team which will include substations for two individual units that will transport 3,200 megawatts of electricity from Hinkley Point C to the national grid. The plant is expected to supply around 6 million UK homes with power when fully operational.

ABB will also supply the plant with; six auxiliary transformers, six 700 megavolt ampere generator transformers, 400 kilovolt gas insulated switchgear, transmission feeds and control systems.

Approximately 25,000 jobs and 1,000 apprenticeships will be created during Hinkley’s development, providing a huge boost to the local area. The construction site is already one of the largest in Europe, with around 2,000 people working on the power station every day.

Stuart Crooks, Hinkley Point C Managing Director, said: “We have signed over £9bn of contracts and this major contract marks another significant step forward for the project. Hinkley Point C is bringing together companies and expertise from the UK, France and the world. Construction is fully underway and we remain firmly focused on what we need to deliver in the year ahead and beyond.”