26 Nov 15

EDF Energy selects Schneider Electric as a preferred bidder for Hinkley Point C

Thursday 26 November 2015 - EDF Energy has selected Schneider Electric, UK & Ireland as preferred bidder for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, subject to the final investment decision. Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has been awarded preferred bidder status for a contract to supply its medium-voltage PIX switchgear range to ensure safe operations and reliable energy management at the site.

Last month EDF and China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) signed a Strategic Investment Agreement for the construction and operation of the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Final terms for contracts for Hinkley Point C have also been agreed with a number of key suppliers:
•         AREVA NP (Nuclear steam supply system, instrumentation and control)
•         Alstom France (turbines) and Alstom UK (services during operations)
•         Bouygues TP/Laing O’Rourke (main civil works)
•         BAM Nuttal/Kier Infrastructure (earthworks)

The tender process was designed to enable the British supply chain to compete for contracts, meaning that more than 60 per cent of the project by value will be spent in the UK.  The project will strengthen British industry, jobs and skills with 25,000 job opportunities during its construction. EDF selected Schneider Electric for their global nuclear and automation expertise. The equipment will be designed, engineered and deployed by Schneider’s UK operations, in conjunction with Schneider’s operations in France.

EDF Energy and suppliers have been working together to create a supply chain ready to build the proposed power station, which will restart new nuclear construction in Britain after a 20-year pause.  Any contract signings are subject to a final investment decision.

The proposed power station will provide reliable, low carbon electricity to meet 7 per cent of UK demand.

Ken Owen, Hinkley Point C Commercial Director, said: “Schneider UK & Ireland is the latest addition to the industrial partnership that will build Hinkley Point C.  We have brought together a world-leading team of expert partners and suppliers to manufacture and construct the new nuclear power station which will in turn help revitalise the UK's industrial stamina.”

Tanuja Randery, president UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric, said: “We are delighted to be selected by EDF Energy as its partner for the Hinkley Point Nuclear New Build programme. 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 Energy 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.”

For more information contact:

Marjorie Barnes
External Communications Manager
01728 653378
07515 295488

Notes to editors

Notes to editors
More information on the signing of the Strategic Investment Agreement can be found on the press release dated 21 October.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of $30 billion in FY2014, our 170,000 employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies will reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/