1,000 Somerset firms sign up for Hinkley Point nuclear project
More than 1,000 Somerset businesses have now signed up as potential suppliers to the multi-billion pound power station project planned at Hinkley Point.
Sterling Services Ltd, based near Taunton, is the 1,000th local firm to register. It specialises in architectural precast concrete and is hoping to secure a contract to supply material to the Hinkley C project. EDF Energy has already awarded £61 million of contracts across the south west, with £25 million of this going direct to firms in Somerset.
Local contracts, which have been encouraged by EDF and Somerset Chamber of Commerce, include plant hire, training, catering, carpentry, building, tree-planting and scaffolding.
Rupert Cox, chief executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, said: “It’s really positive to be working so closely with EDF to secure opportunities and benefits for local firms.”
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Chris Squires, of EDF Energy, said: “Local firms could benefit both in the construction phase, as well as the 60-year operational life of the proposed station. I’d encourage other local companies to register their interest as there will be many millions of pounds worth of work on offer.”
Kevin Lazenby, director of Sterling Services, said “We are delighted to be the 1,000th company to register and having traded from our premises in Hatch Beauchamp, for the past 15 years, we feel that we are ideally placed to supply the Hinkley C projects.
“We employ over 30 staff within our manufacturing facility, and have successfully completed many major projects all over the UK and Channel Islands. We hope this is just the first step in providing our quality products to the Hinkley site.”
Companies interested in finding out more about the Hinkley Point C supply chain can visit www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk .