18 Jun 20
Hinkley Point C

Assystem links with HPC on contract to create 100 jobs across the UK

Rapid progress is being made on the first unit, which achieved its own J0 milestone last June.
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  • Professional Services Contract will bring nationwide engineering support to the site 
  • 100 new advanced engineering roles will be created at Assystem with a UK base in Blackburn
  • Announcement follows 350 jobs created by Warrington-based Bilfinger last week

Assystem, the world’s second largest nuclear engineering company, has signed a contract to deliver engineering expertise for the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The company, whose head office is in Blackburn, will create 100 new British jobs across advanced engineering, site engineering, commissioning, quality assurance and control, with development opportunities for new graduates and apprentices. 

The agreement follows the creation last week of 350 jobs for Hinkley Point C by Warrington-based Bilfinger. Assystem and Bilfinger are part of Hinkley Point C’s growing supply chain in the North West where almost 230 other companies are already involved in the project.  More details can be found here.

New recruits will benefit from being mentored by senior Assystem engineers, who have first-hand experience in nuclear power plant new build, specifically the EPR fleet (Hinkley, Taishan, Olikiuoto, Flamanville), and will join other employees at Assystem in the UK already working on Hinkley Point C.

The new nuclear power station in Somerset will help Britain cut its emissions to Net Zero and produce enough reliable low carbon electricity to meet 7% of the country’s needs.

Peter Higton, Managing Director of Assystem Energy & Infrastructure said, “We are delighted to be providing engineering support to the Hinkley Point C project through this new agreement, bringing insight and expertise gained from some of the world’s highest profile nuclear new build programmes. 

“The development of new nuclear power at Hinkley Point C is an exciting project that represents the next chapter of nuclear power in the UK. The development of Hinkley Point C will be vital in delivering low carbon electricity for generations to come, as well as creating jobs here in the North-West and across the whole of the UK and its success is pivotal for further programmes to develop, such as Sizewell C.” 

Catherine Back, Hinkley Point C Engineering Director, said, “Access to the best expertise, innovation and experience through our agreement with Assystem will be invaluable in helping us deliver Hinkley Point C.

“The jobs and training opportunities being delivered by this new agreement show we are delivering in our promise to build Britain’s industrial capability and to create new jobs and skills for the future.  Development of a near identical power station at Sizewell C will bring further opportunities for our extensive and experienced British supply chain.”

Notes to Editors

With the support of Tier 1 contractors like Asystem, EDF and CGN are leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project remains on schedule and eleven months after completing the foundations on reactor Unit 1, Hinkley Point C completed the same milestone on its second identical reactor, Unit 2 on 1 June 2020

Assystem is an international engineering group. As a key participant in the industry for over 50 years, the Group supports its clients in managing their capital expenditure throughout their asset life cycles. Assystem S.A. Is listed on Euronext Paris.

Assystem employs 6,000 people in 15 countries worldwide and in 2019 recorded revenues close to €500 million. Assystem operates across the clean energy, power generation, pharma, environment, infrastructure and strategic infrastructure markets. 

Assystem provides engineering services to design, build, commission, maintain and dismantle critical infrastructures across the nuclear, life sciences, transportation, industry and defence sector.

Assystem is leading the way in driving a digital transformation in the engineering of complex infrastructures, combining its engineering expertise with the most advanced digital and data methodologies to support its clients’ infrastructure projects, ensuring that they are safe and effective, in line with their budget and schedule.

For more information please visit www.assystem.com / Follow Assystem on Twitter: @Assystem, @AssystemUK.

About EDF

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future and tackling climate change. We're Britain’s biggest generator of zero-carbon electricity(1), meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas.

With around 5 million accounts, EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British homes and businesses and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. All of our home and small business customers get energy tariffs backed by zero-carbon electricity as standard.

We generate low carbon electricity from eight nuclear power stations, more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, and operate one of Britain’s biggest battery storage units, one gas and one coal power station, thousands of EV charge-points, and combined heat and power plants. Wind, nuclear and solar all produce electricity that is zero carbon at the point of generation and have similar emissions over the build, run and retire lifecycles.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and is leading the development of plans for a replica at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 14% of UK demand and power around 12 million homes. 

EDF is one of the UK’s largest investors in renewables, with 1GW of renewable generation in operation and over 4GW in construction, planning and development across a range of technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar and battery storage. We are constructing our largest offshore wind farm in Britain – the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland which will be ready in 2023.

Our energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK we employ around 13,000 people.

For more information

Andrew Cockcroft
External Communications Manager (South West)
(T) 01278 484098
(M) 07875113689
andrew.cockcroft@edf-energy.com