New nuclear energy plant at Hinkley Point C is ‘major boost’ for Scots power supply chain

Tom Greatrex
Tom Greatrex

The Nuclear Industry Association welcomed the decision by the board of EDF to give its Final Investment Decision, confirming Hinkley Point C will be built – meaning Scottish businesses will now sign contracts to supply the project. 

This will be the first new power station to be built in the UK since Sizewell B in the 1990s, providing 7% of the UK’s electricity and powering more than six million homes.

EDF will now finalise contracts with its preferred bidders and has already announced that 60% of the construction value will go to UK companies, including three major Scottish companies.

  • ACTAN (Joint Venture) comprising of Doosan Babcock, Renfrew and Crawley, with Axima Concept and Tunzini Nucleaire, both of Paris, France – heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Weir Group, East Kilbride – large pumps for cooling water
  • SPX Clyde Union Pumps – main pumps for feedwater system and cooling water system

Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said: “This is an important moment for the UK nuclear sector. Over the last decade, the case has been demonstrated for nuclear power as part of a balanced, reliable, secure and low carbon electricity system of the future.

“We are now entering an important new phase, creating jobs, security and skilled workers for the supply chain across the UK, not just in the south west where the station is based.

 “This will be the first new nuclear power station to be built in a generation and the first to be built without direct state funding.

“This major infrastructure project will give a vital boost to UK industry, our manufacturing supply chain and construction industry – demonstrating that even with the prospect of leaving the EU, the country is open for business.”

Both business organisations and trade unions alike welcomed the decision.

Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General, said: “The final green light for Hinkley Point is welcome news as now, more than ever, action is needed on key infrastructure projects which attract investment to the United Kingdom.

“The project represents a significant milestone in the UK energy future. It will play a key role in further securing and decarbonising our energy supply, putting us on the right path to a sustainable energy mix.

“We hope it will also help kick start a new nuclear build programme, creating jobs for tens of thousands of people – not just in the local community, but up and down the whole country.”

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary for Energy, said: “The news that building work can start immediately at Hinkley Point C is great news for the economy and a first stop in plugging the UK energy needs gap that exists due to the governments’ failure to have a proper, balanced energy policy.

“The UK must have a balanced, low carbon energy mix in order to keep the lights on, our homes heated and our economy functioning.”

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