Schneider Electric selected for Hinkley nuclear project

Schneider Electric has been selected as the preferred bidder for a supply contract for Hinkley Point C. EDF Energy has picked the company to supply its medium voltage switchgear range to ensure […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Schneider Electric has been selected as the preferred bidder for a supply contract for Hinkley Point C.

EDF Energy has picked the company to supply its medium voltage switchgear range to ensure safe operations and reliable energy management at the nuclear power plant.

In September, EDF announced two preferred bidders for contracts worth £100 million to UK manufacturers.

It estimates that contracts worth more than 60% of the construction costs for the nuclear station will be placed with UK firms.

The government is investing £2 billion in the project and China £6 billion.

EDF expects 25,000 jobs to be created during construction.

Tanuja Randery, President at Schneider Electric UK & Ireland said: “Schneider Electric is committed to enabling the UK to achieve a cleaner energy mix and our partnership with EDF Energy is another step towards this goal. We have a long-standing relationship with EDF and are proud to support the investment in the power station at Hinkley Point, with our knowledge and experience serving the worldwide nuclear market for over 30 years.”

Chancellor George Osborne announced the government will double spending on energy research, with a “major commitment” to small modular nuclear reactors as part of the Spending Review.