February 20, 2012 / 7:46 AM / 7 years ago

UPDATE 1-Kier wins UK nuclear contract, to create 350 jobs

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LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - British construction group Kier has won a 100 million pound ($158 million) contract from France’s EDF to prepare the ground for construction of a new nuclear power station in the west of England.

Kier said in a statement on Monday that the contract to carry out site works for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, which is due to provide 6 percent of Britain’s energy needs, would create 350 jobs.

France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron last week used a summit in Paris to unveil contracts worth 500 million pounds that will see EDF, Areva and Rolls-Royce co-operate in developing new nuclear power plants in Britain.

EDF is taking the lead in building Britain’s next generation of nuclear reactors after buying British Energy in a 12.4 billion pound deal three years ago.

$1 = 0.6323 British pounds Reporting by Paul Hoskins; Editing by Sarah Young

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