The Informer

Balfour Beatty, J Murphy & Sons and Siemens have won contracts worth a total of £300 million to connect the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to the grid.

National Grid, which awarded the contracts, said that Balfour Beatty will erect pylons, while J Murphy & Sons will lay underground cables between Nailsea and Portishead, and Siemens will build a substation at Sandford.

The “Hinkley Connection” will be 57km long, consisting of 48.5km of overhead lines and 8.5km of underground cable through the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

National Grid will also remove 67km of overhead lines owned by Western Power Distribution, including pylons that cross the AONB.

Seven years of work

Sue Adam, Hinkley Connection Project Director, said: “The awarding of these contracts marks a major step forward on this vital connection project as we gear up to start construction work in earnest.

“People will see construction work going on at different times and in different places over the next seven years.

“We and our newly appointed contractors will do everything we can to minimise impacts wherever possible.”

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