LONDON Feb 19 France's EDF has awarded
a multi-year contract to extend the lifetime of most of
Britain's nuclear plants to engineering services group Doosan
Babcock, a subsidiary of Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries and
The contract, which includes engineering, project management
and maintenance work, is worth around 70 million pounds per year
to Doosan Babcock.
Both contract parties declined to comment on the length of
the deal, which was reported by Korean media to extend more than
17 years at a value of 1.7 billion pounds.
"Doosan Babcock has a long history of supporting EDF Energy
in the UK nuclear sector and we are delighted to have been given
this opportunity to further build our relationship," said
Cameron Gilmour, Doosan Babcock's nuclear services director.
EDF plans to extend the operational lifetime of most of its
UK nuclear plants, but still requires approval from Britain's
Last week the utility said it planned to run its Dungeness B
nuclear plant in Kent, southeast England, until 2028, pushing
the station's years in service to 45.
Britain is counting on the construction of new nuclear power
plants to replace operating ones once they shut down.
Last October it agreed preliminary terms of a contract with
EDF to guarantee a minimum electricity price for the French
firm's first new nuclear plant in Europe since the Fukushima