The Hinkley Point C project team worked hard so that UK businesses were able to compete for and win contracts – whether it’s supplying thousands of tonnes of Welsh steel or the hi-tech nuclear components being built on Teesside. For example, more than 125 companies in Yorkshire and the Humber are already part of the Hinkley Point C supply chain. Every region is benefitting from the construction of the UK’s first nuclear plant in a generation.
For many companies, the contracts are helping them gain new skills and expertise which is boosting their competitiveness and the nation’s industrial capacity. Although some very specialist large components can’t be made in Britain, 64% of the construction value of the project will be spent with UK companies. British businesses supporting new nuclear range from big to many small and medium enterprises. Their appetite to succeed, innovate and deliver to a very high quality is impressive.
Our proposal for a near identical project, Sizewell C in Suffolk, would bring similar UK-wide benefits – not only to the UK supply chain, but also through employment opportunities, skills and training provision, the creation of 1,500 apprenticeships and investment in local infrastructure.