Swiss engineering group ABB announced on 19 October that it has won an $130m order to provide infrastructure for the UK’s Hinkley Point C nuclear plant.
ABB’s power grids division will provide transmission infrastructure for the two-unit project which is being built by France’s EDF Energy. The new EPR nuclear reactors, which are expected to cost £18bn ($23.68bn), will provide 7% of the UK’s electricity.
ABB's Power Grids team in the UK will be responsible for the design, supply and installation of the power transmission infrastructure, including substations for the two units that will feed electricity produced by the plant to the national grid. As part of the contract, ABB will supply six 700MVA generator transformers, six auxiliary transformers, 400kV gas insulated switchgear, control and MicroScada systems as well as the transmission feeds.
Photo: VIew of Hinkley Point C Conventional Island (Credit: EDF Energy)