Spending on the Hinkley Point C nuclear project in northern England exceeds £ 1 billion
Spending on Hinkley Point C’s new nuclear project with companies in Northern England has topped £ 1 billion, including £ 824 million in the northwest and Warrington with 285 suppliers, according to the latest figures.
The numbers come from Hinkley Point C’s 2021 Socio-Economic Impact Report, which shows spending of £ 1.1 billion on more than 500 companies in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber.
The numbers were highlighted by EDF Managing Director Simone Rossi on a recent visit to Darchem Engineering near Stockton-on-Tees. The company employs hundreds of people on large-scale contracts to build specialty tanks, stainless steel liners and other precision equipment for the Somerset facility. The work has played a key role in keeping business alive during the pandemic.
The socio-economic report shows that Hinkley Point C will support 71,000 jobs in the UK.
These include new jobs recently created at Jarrow in South Tyneside, where 40 new jobs are being hired by KAEFER specializing in steel piping. On Humberside, Bilfinger is opening a new high-quality piping plant under a contract with an estimated 350 employees across the UK.
Darchem recently relocated the production of eight 100-tonne tanks for the project from its Somerset site to a factory in Middlesbrough to increase efficiency through modular construction close to home. The experience with the first reactor unit at Hinkley Point C also helps Darchem to increase productivity. His work installing ten-ton sump suction lines on the second reactor block was 40% faster – proof of the benefits of replication.
During the visit to Darchem’s Stillington factory, Simone Rossi and Hinkley Point C General Managers met Stuart Crook’s workers, including Hartlepool’s 21-year-old apprentice Declan Gordon.
Simone Rossi, CEO of EDF, said: “Hundreds of companies across the north of England are helping the UK achieve Net Zero with the first nuclear power plant in a generation at Hinkley Point C. These efforts create thousands of quality jobs and enable companies to invest in skills, ”productivity and industrial capacity.
“Continuous progress in the follow-up project, Sizewell C, is essential in order to give suppliers the confidence to continue investing in skills and creating jobs. “
Cameron Gilmour of Doosan Babcock of the Sizewell C Consortium of 200 UK Firms said: “These numbers show how much new nuclear power can deliver for UK businesses, jobs and industry. It is for this reason that our members agree to stand up for Sizewell C, and the government’s signature on the project means our expert supply chain can continue the positive economic legacy of Hinkley Point C here in the north of England. “