The construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset is on course to hit its next milestone, according to owner EDF.

The concrete base on which the reactor will sit is on track to be completed in time for its 2019 deadline.

More than 3,200 people are already working on the project, which is due to have its first reactor working by the end of 2025.

Contracts worth a total of £10.6 billion have already been awarded, with £1.3bn being spent in the south-west of England and 64% of the project being built by UK firms.

Sizewell C opportunity

UK Nuclear Energy Minister Richard Harrington said: “Hinkley Point C marks a significant step forward in our transition to a clean, low-carbon energy system, powering nearly six million homes for around 60 years while helping us meet our climate change commitments.

“The project is making good progress and is on track to meet its next major milestone, creating more than 25,000 job opportunities.”

Simone Rossi, Chief Executive at EDF, added: “Now the nuclear industry has been restarted, there is a unique opportunity to reduce costs for a follow-on project at Sizewell C.”

> See EDF's statement