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MEH Joint Venture announces appointment of new Managing Director at Hinkley Point C

18 December 2018

The MEH Joint Venture today announces the appointment of Graham Donaldson as its Managing Director on Hinkley Point C (HPC).

The MEH Joint Venture, formed in September 2018 at the request of client EDF, comprises Altrad, joint venture Balfour Beatty Bailey, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock. It represents an innovative new partnership between Hinkley Point C and all Tier One MEH (Mechanical, Electrical and HVAC) and support services contractors working on the HPC project, the UK’s first new nuclear power station in twenty years. The collaborative nature of the joint venture will form a blueprint for the delivery of future, new nuclear plants across the industry.

Graham joins the MEH Joint Venture from Urenco, where he was Completion Programme Manager responsible for overseeing the integrated project management team on their £980 million Tails Management Facility in Capenhurst.

With over 25 years’ experience, Graham has delivered large and complex projects worldwide across a variety of industries including Nuclear, Power, Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical. Graham also brings with him a wealth of experience in developing collaborative relationships between civil, mechanical, electrical & instrumentation and HVAC businesses. His track record of safely delivering projects on schedule and within budget aligns perfectly with the aspiration and values of Hinkley Point C.

Graham said, “The MEH Joint Venture represents a significant evolution in industry collaboration to deliver much-needed mega infrastructure projects, such as Hinkley Point C. We have a great opportunity to show how the industry can come together to deliver a safe, high quality and cost effective project”.

Stuart Crooks, Managing Director of Hinkley Point C, said; “I am delighted that Graham is joining the project to bring his skill, experience and leadership to a hugely important and innovative organisation at Hinkley Point C.

“The MEH Joint Venture represents a new approach to a complex phase of construction. It puts the interests of the whole project above those of any individual contractor. Co-ordination and collaboration is good for contractors and pools skills and expertise across the contracting organisations, for everyone’s benefit. HPC and particularly the MEH Joint Venture creates the launch pad for recruiting our new apprentices as part of our drive to increase our industrial capabilities in high value UK jobs”.



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The MEH Joint Venture notes to editors:

  • The MEH joint venture, formed of Altrad, joint venture Balfour Beatty Bailey, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock, was formed in 2018.
  • MEH represents the scope of works to be delivered by the joint venture – Mechanical, Electrical, Heating and ventilation.
  • The joint venture acts across Hinkley Point C, integrating and co-ordinating the collaborative delivery of all main mechanical and electrical, HVAC and cabling works on the UK’s first new nuclear power station in two decades.
  • The joint venture is responsible for providing a Project Management Office role across the project, managing the scheduling and sequencing of all Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) activities on site, refining and harmonising the systems, processes, procedures, data and reporting to optimise works and enabling the delivery of a consolidated and aligned package of M&E activities across Hinkley Point C.
  • Operating over 13 nuclear licensed sites in the UK with 20,000 directly employed nuclear experts and with over 65 years of experience, the Alliance brings a host of knowledge delivering safe nuclear design, decommissioning, modification, maintenance and construction.
  • Previous successful collaboration includes;
    • providing design and build construction, electrical, controls and instrumentation services, maintenance and enabling works at Sellafield from 1976 to 2014;
    • electrical, mechanical and instruction works across URENCO from 1996 to present day;
    • detailed design, outage planning and execution, maintenance, plant life extension and asset management for the Magnox sites alliance from 2006;
    • delivery of industrial services including specialist access, thermal insulation, specialist coatings, environmental services, and storage tank repair and replacement in support of EDF Energy’s UK Nuclear fleet in 2009;
    • mechanical and electrical installation services on multiple projects for the Atomic Weapons Establishment from 2011 to present day;
    • decommissioning of the nuclear Dounreay site in 2012;
    • supporting all outage planning and execution, maintenance, plant life extension and asset management of EDF’s Energy Fleet since 2013;
    • decommissioning of the UK’s fleet of Magnox power stations from 2014 and;
    • pile fuel cladding silo works on the waste retrievals project at Sellafield from 2017.

EDF Energy Notes to Editors

  • EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.
  • It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.
  • EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.
  • The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.
  • The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.
  • EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland. To find out more about the UK's energy challenges visit our energy future webpages.