Hinkley Point C building project will create 25,000 new jobs
long-awaited announcement that the government and EDF Energy have
agreed a deal on the Hinkley Point C will deliver a huge boost
to Somerset, say business leaders.
not all reaction to the
approval of Hinkley Point C has been positive, the government
claims the area is set for a huge economic uplift.
to generate £16billion of investment over the next decade,
the Hinkley Point C development would create around 25,000 jobs
during construction and 900 permanent jobs during operation.
430 acre site reducing to 165 acres once operational -
will generate enough electricity to power nearly 6 million homes
the power station will bring significant benefits for the UK economy,
says the government:
A massive investment by EDF Group and its fellow investors
of around £16 billion to build the plant. UK companies could
benefit from getting up to 57% of the work;
25,000 jobs created during construction, with 5,600 people employed
on site at peak of construction, and 900 permanent jobs over 60
years of expected operation;
Power provided for nearly 6 million homes, an area almost twice
the size of London, with the site meeting around 7% of the UKs
electricity demand when running at full capacity;
A clean, home-grown source of electricity, which will reduce the
UKs emissions by 9 million tonnes of CO2 per year, helping
to meet climate targets.
Cox, CEO of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, says: "This
is a positive and encouraging step towards the development of
Hinkley Point C and the vast opportunities this will bring for
Somerset businesses and the county as a whole."
agreement will act as a catalyst for EDF to be able to make their
final investment decision. Providing this is positive, we can
begin to engage with the preferred Tier 1 contractors to support
their own supply chain development activity."
Somerset Chamber has been working closely with EDF Energy to develop
a robust supply chain that captures the capabilities of Somerset
and South West businesses interested in getting involved in the
project. Over 1,400 Somerset businesses have already registered
on the Hinkley Supply Chain portal, not just from engineering
and construction organisations but across a wide range of industries
including professional services and food & drink."
on-going supply chain work enables us to develop relationships
with the preferred top tier contractors, ensuring that they are
aware of the huge pool of supply chain resource that they should
be tapping into here in Somerset and making introductions that
will bring economic investment and new jobs to the county."