DOOSAN Babcock, Weir Group and Clyde Union Pumps are among the companies who have been selected as preferred bidders to help build the UK’s first nuclear power station for more than two decades.

Doosan Babcock is part of a consortium which is in line to secure a contract worth more than £200 million to design, provide and install all of the heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment for the project.

The Actan consortium, which also includes Cofely Axima and Tunzini Nucleaire, said it would create around 280 jobs in the UK and suggested there would be a “major boost” for Doosan’s manufacturing and research and development site in Renfrew, where it already employs around 1,000 people.

Dougie McQueen, director of major projects for Doosan Babcock, said: “Doosan Babcock’s highly-skilled engineering team are already relishing the prospect of working on such a significant UK infrastructure project.”

Weir Group will provide large pumps for cooling water and Clyde Union is to supply the main pumps for feedwater and cooling water systems.

France's EDF Energy, leading the consortium building Hinkley Point C in Somerset, announced £1.3 billion of contracts although said the awards will contingent on the final investment decision on the project being approved.

Other companies selected include Laing O’Rourke, ABB UK, Balfour Beatty and NG Bailey.