EDF is stockpiling key materials to maintain operations in the event of a no-deal Brexit, one of the company’s directors has revealed.

Angela Hepworth, policy and regulation director at EDF Energy, has told a Brexit briefing event that the company has been putting in place plans for the “worst-case scenario” of a no-deal withdrawal from the EU.

Hepworth said that EDF has been increasing its “strategic stocks” to boost resilience in the event of disruption to its supply chain, like key pieces of kit being held up by traffic jams at ports.

She also warned that “constant vigilance” is needed to spot the “unforeseen issues” which Brexit is likely to throw up.

Hepworth said longer-term worries resulting from Brexit include access to labour, particularly in relation to the Hinkley Point C project.

Overall though, she said energy is “one of the best set up” sectors for dealing with Brexit.