Blog: How we are restarting the UK nuclear industry
1. Focusing on UK skills
Hinkley Point C will be the first new nuclear power station built for a generation. The project is a vital step in rebuilding the UK skills base needed to deliver important low-carbon electricity generating capacity for the future.
EDF Energy has a long standing commitment to promoting STEM skills, and the expertise that will be developed during the construction of this new nuclear power station is a logical extension of this work.
2. Creating jobs
Construction of Hinkley Point C will create 25,000 employment opportunities and it will support 900 direct jobs during its 60 year lifetime. The project also aims to create 1,000 apprenticeships alongside £14 million of EDF Energy investment in education and training.
The EDF Energy team managing the project will draw on and share experience, skills and project delivery insight gained from other successful large UK infrastructure projects, including the London 2012 Olympics, Heathrow Terminal 5 and new nuclear projects internationally.
3. Building an effective supply chain
A new generation of nuclear power stations requires a large and active supply chain. Hinkley Point C will play a vital role in mobilising businesses large and small across the UK and internationally to the benefit of future new nuclear projects.
We are already working with suppliers across the UK – from East Kilbride to Bristol – and over 60% of the project’s construction value is expected to go to British companies.
4. Blending international expertise and local talent
The Hinkley Point C project builds on a Chinese Joint Venture partnership which began more than 30 years ago. Drawing on this international expertise is essential in successfully constructing the power station.
The partnership and its positive effect on links between the UK, French and Chinese nuclear industries will have reciprocal benefits, with British companies gaining exportable skills and experience.
5. Securing the UK’s future energy supply
Every nuclear reactor in Britain, except Sizewell B, is due to close by the end of 2030. Therefore the UK requires significant new electricity generation capacity to be operational by the mid-2020s.
The expertise built up during the construction of Hinkley Point C will help secure the UK’s energy future and subsequent new nuclear power stations are likely to see a reduction in costs as a knock-on benefit.