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Gas-fired power stations aim for Balfour Beatty

The boss of Balfour Beatty’s UK construction business predicts that there will be new opportunities to build gas-fired power stations in the next two to three years.

Mike Peasland, chief executive officer of UK construction at the firm, told H&V News that the combined cycle gas power stations will be needed to fill the gap left by decommissioning of current nuclear and coal power stations and a delay in the building of new nuclear facilities.

“New gas stations will inevitably have to fill [a] gap with the delayed start on nuclear [power stations],” he said. “The closure of existing nuclear [power stations] will have to continue, and closure of coal ones as well.”

He forecast that the work would be coming through shortly - “certainly in the next two to three years” – but said Balfour Beatty will continue with its joint venture with Vinci to bid for nuclear work.

The firm’s restructure is designed to align building and civil engineering skills to meet the demands of infrastructure projects, such as Crossrail, Network Rail’s station scheme and Mersey Gateway, which all require firms to work across building, civil and mechanical and electrical engineering.

It was reported in May that Balfour Beatty would restructure its construction services into three divisions: major infrastructure; regional mechanical and electrical; and regional civil engineering and building.

“We are combining the skills to match the projects that come through,” said Mr Peasland. “We are combining regional civils and building together, and major projects civils and building together as well where synergies exist.”