£100m contracts to UK manufacturers for Hinkley

EDF has announced two further bidder preferred contracts worth £100 million for the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant. The company claims they will help sustain jobs in […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

EDF has announced two further bidder preferred contracts worth £100 million for the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant.

The company claims they will help sustain jobs in the UK and boost the country’s manufacturing sector.

It estimates that contracts, worth more than 60% of the construction costs for the nuclear station, will be placed with UK firms.

The company has awarded a £25 million contract to British manufacturer Rolls-Royce to supply heat exchangers.

A partnership between Rolls-Royce and Nuvia has been selected as a preferred bidder for a £75 million contract to design, procure, install and commission two systems for the treatment and waste processing of fuel.

EDF expects 25,000 jobs will be created including 1,000 apprenticeships.

Vincent de Rivaz, EDF Energy CEO said: “Hinkley Point C offers the UK a tremendous opportunity to boost employment and skills in the crucial manufacturing and construction sectors, as well as leading the revitalisation of the new nuclear programme.

“Together with suppliers and our partners we have created a supply chain ready to build Hinkley Point C, which will help the UK meet its future need for reliable low carbon electricity.”

Earlier this week the UK Government announced it will invest £2 billion in the new nuclear power station as a means to guarantee Chinese commitment to the project.