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EDF Energy To Place GBP11 Billion Worth Of Nuclear Orders

EBR Staff Writer Published 05 July 2009

EDF Energy plc (EDF Energy) is planning to place orders worth GBP11 billion with UK firms, This is Money reported. The contracts will be commenced in 2009 and should mean British companies end up with around 70% of the planned nuclear programme. The company will offer 150 contracts to British companies to help build four new plants over the next five years.

In UK, EDF Energy intends to open a centre of excellence in nuclear power plant building, allowing British firms to utilize their expertise to work overseas.

In the meantime, due to shortage of skilled nuclear workers, British Energy has signed an agreement with the VT Group to train hundreds of apprentices at former Royal Navy training facilities in Portsmouth.

Already, VT Group trains Navy personnel in nuclear technology. British Energy also plans to send 50 apprentices a year on courses.