More than just a power station
We are building two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK providing low-carbon electricity for around six million homes.
And it’s not just about power. We’ve put local benefits at the heart of Hinkley Point C, aiming to deliver as many of the long-term benefits it will stimulate to Somerset and the South West.
Hinkley Point C will:
- Create over 25,000 new employment opportunities
- Provide huge opportunities for local, national and international businesses
- Bring lasting benefits to communities throughout the South West
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Hinkley Point C is on the north Somerset coast in the south west of England and will sit alongside an operating nuclear power station, and one being decommissioned.
Marking a significant milestone in the revitalisation of our nuclear power industry, Hinkley Point C will make a major contribution to the UK’s move to reduce carbon emissions. The electricity it generates will avoid 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year, or 600 million tonnes over its 60-year lifespan.
But it's more than a nuclear power station - Hinkley Point C will produce many other economic and social benefits too. There are 25,000 employment opportunities, up to 1,000 apprenticeships and 64% of the project’s construction value is predicted to go to UK companies.
We recognise that the construction of Hinkley Point C will impact the local community in the area, and we are implementing a wide-ranging plan to minimise the effects of the work.
We have also set up a £20 million Community Fund to be spent on improvements for communities most affected by the development of Hinkley Point C.
Our Main Site, Community and Transport Forums meet regularly, helping us to keep in touch with our closest neighbours and offer regular updates on progress.
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Jobs and training at Hinkley Point C
The construction and operation of Hinkley Point C will create thousands of employment and apprenticeship opportunities in a broad range of occupations and careers including construction, civil engineering, electrical installation, hospitality, catering, logistics, security, site services, support roles and others over the coming years. There really is an opportunity for everyone.
We care passionately about engaging and working with teachers and educators to encourage young people to get involved with the STEM subjects that will inspire them to be the next generation's engineers and scientists. So we've set up educational and skills programmes to do this, as well as working alongside schools and colleges providing materials and resources to give children and young people experience and inspiration:
- Inspire is our program for ages up to 16
- Young HPC is for ages from 16 to 21
- Apprenticeships are also available for school leavers
We want to work with UK companies to deliver the first new nuclear power station to be built in the country for over 20 years. We’re doing everything possible to ensure that UK manufacturers are capable of winning their share of contracts. And we’re working hard to make sure that local businesses can easily find out about and apply for supplier opportunities.
Hinkley Point C is a vast project divided into hundreds of distinct work packages spanning everything from main earthworks to the valves within the reactor itself. We've developed an interactive tool that will allow prospective suppliers to identify both existing and future opportunities across the whole supply chain.
The best way to contact us is by completing our online enquiry form.
Call us on 0800 096 9650 (24 hour free phone number).
Stop by our visitor centre in the Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3TQ. We are open from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturday.
Write to us at: Hinkley Point Visitor Centre, Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3TQ
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