EDF Energy’s £18 billion investment in Hinkley Point C in Somerset, is the UK’s 1st new nuclear power plant in a generation and representing the largest engineering project in Europe. Hundreds of supply chain opportunities will be available over the next 10 years across construction, decommissioning and nuclear expertise. The project is estimated to provide £100millionpa additional GVA during the construction process.
The scale of the nuclear opportunities is already having a major, positive effect on the HotSW economy, with significant residential and commercial construction projects, transport and skills programmes to ready the area for thousands of new, skilled staff and growing companies. Much of the nuclear focussed investment has been made in this area, which coupled with Hinkley Point C and Devonport make the Heart of the South West a very attractive relocation option.
Global brands located in the Heart of the South West include: Atkins, Babcock International, Bouygues UK Ltd, Costain, EDF Energy, Fine Tubes, James Fisher Nuclear, KierBam, Magnox, Pipex, Rolls Royce and Thales UK.
Bridgwater and Taunton College – Energy Skills and Advanced Engineering Centre andthe unique Construction Skills & Innovation Centre in Cannington, enable the College to offer nuclear skills programmes to industry standards.EDF’s National Learning and Development Centre forms part of its ‘Campus programme’ for its staff. Hinkley Point Training Agency brings providers together to ensure the supply chain has access to a well-equipped workforce and the National College for Nuclear will open in 2017 to add to the highly- skilled technical workforce.
The University of Bristol is one of the leading UK institutions undertaking scientific and engineering research in support of nuclear energy. Scientists from the University of Exeter have created new immersive, 360-degree virtual reality training in ‘safety-critical’ industries like the NHS, aviation, the military and nuclear power.The University of Plymouth is maximising performance and reliability of advanced structural materials in nuclear pressure vessels and steam turbine components.
Uniquely placed at Junction 23 of the M5, Huntspill Energy Park in Bridgwater Somerset, is located just 20km from Hinkley Point C. The site will provide 890,000m2 of new employment land for B1, B2 and B8 uses. For further information please click here. Somerset Energy Innovation Centre is the focal point for South West nuclear supply chain programmes. Tenants include multinational Tier 1s and developers, specialists and project managers and both shared and individual spaces are available.
NUCLEAR SOUTH WEST
Nuclear South West is an industry cluster, built around a collection of major nuclear projects – Hinkley Point C in Somerset and Oldbury in Gloucestershire, both major new build new build programmes, decommissioning projects in Gloucestershire, Dorset and Somerset, and a major nuclear submarine construction and decommissioning defence project at Devonport Plymouth. These programmes are expected to generate more than £50 billion of opportunities over the next 10 years.
A dedicated team works closely with developers, including EDF and its suppliers, to help businesses interested in, and once located within the South West, to develop capability and capacity to take up supply chain opportunities