Hinkley Point C Progress Update – March 2015

March 20, 2015

Since the last update, EDF and the UK Government have been working hard to finalise all agreements on Hinkley Point C and are making significant progress in all areas with the shared objective of finalising documents in the coming weeks. This will allow a final investment decision to be possible in the next few months. EDF is also making progress in discussions with future investment partners in the project. In particular, progress is being made with Chinese partners on all aspects of their nuclear industrial co-operation in the UK, which is part of the wider partnership between EDF and Chinese companies.”

Work on site to culvert the Holford Stream is progressing well. This will divert the stream into a 700 metre tunnel and allow the stockpiling of material from the main construction area to the southern section of the site.

The construction of the two site access roundabouts is well underway. The first concrete batching plant is taking shape and a programme to commission and test this will follow. Large earth moving equipment has been brought to site to construct the north western bund which will provide visual and environmental mitigation. Hundreds of trees have been planted on this bund . .. To date over 1,000,000 cubic metres of material has been moved utilising the 300 tonne excavators and 100 tonne dumper truck.

We have welcomed back to site our soil remediation contractor. They will ensure that waste, mainly asbestos, left behind by the construction of Hinkley Point A in the1950s is safely removed before the major works commence on site.

Off site, several of the associated development projects are underway. Progress is being made on the new Cannington Bypass with the work taking place at both ends of the route.   Highway improvement works at the Junction of Taunton Road and Broadway in Bridgwater and at Washford Cross on the A39 near Watchet are on shchdule These improvements will help keep traffic flowing and make the roads safer.

The project team are currently focused on finalising many large contracts and working with its industrial partners to ensure that the main construction programme is optimised. Locally, work continues to put to market a range of service and support contracts to enable the main construction to mobilise.


Local and regional supply chain perspective:

EDF Energy plans to invest in a multi-billion pound project in Somerset over the next decade. Approximately one-third of the investment is planned for the nuclear reactor island, with the remaining two-thirds required for associated construction and civil engineering works, as well as aligned activity such as business services.

As part of its procurement strategy for Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy has partnered with the Somerset Chamber of Commerce to identify and support local and regional businesses that want to become part of the supply chain. The Somerset Chamber is the first point of contact for local business and agencies wishing to engage in the construction of this proposed nuclear new build project. This website forms the central resource for all Somerset and South West businesses who wish to make the most of the opportunities arising out of the development.

This website will enable your company to:

  • Register your interest in supplying the project by completing a short online form. Your capabilities will then be made available to EDF Energy and interested Tier 1 contractors.
  • Update your company details as your company develops its capabilities and standards.
  • Keep abreast of the latest developments including build schedules and contracts out for tender.
  • Access a library of reference material and training documents.
  • Find information and contact details for business support partners that will help you meet the quality and safety standards required.
  • Engage with others on technical and business training events and information days designed by the Chamber and its partners to help local businesses get ‘Hinkley ready’.
  • Meet one-to-one with Tier1 contractors for the Hinkley Project through a series of Meet the Buyer events.

Businesses located outside the Somerset and South West area,  EDF Energy may be interested in the supplier portals for the proposed new build at Sizewell in Suffolk . Please click here to access this site.

Click image below to see what Hinkley Point C will look like when complete.








Click image below to watch a video showing some of the key people and organisations involved in the early stages of planning for the new nuclear power plant at Hinkley.







Hinkley Supply Chain Team

The Somerset Chamber of Commerce has been appointed by EDF Energy to manage teh Hinkley Supply Chain Team which is the first point of contact for Somerset and South West businesses wishing to engage in the construction of the proposed nuclear new build project at Hinkley Point C. The Chamber is the hub of business influence for Somerset and is leading on a number of high profile countywide initiatives for business, including full engagement with the Heart of the South West LEP.

To find out more about the Somerset Chamber, please visit www.somerset-chamber.co.uk.

Local Supplier Partnership Opportunities:

Partnerships with local and regional suppliers can bring added value thanks to their local presence and capability, which can be of interest to regional, national or international companies bidding for work packages.
If you are not based in Somerset or the South West, but are interested in finding a local partner, please complete the form on the link below with details about the type of collaboration you are seeking so that we can help to identify potential matches within our local supplier database.

Request for Partner Suppliers


Key Facts

  • Agreement on commercial terms for planned Hinkley Point C
  • The most significant opportunity for Somerset in a generation
  • A multi- billion pound investment planned for Hinkley Point
  • One-third of the investment is planned for the nuclear reactor island with the remaining two-thirds required for associated construction, engineering works and business services.
  • c.5600 jobs to be created during construction and 900 jobs for 60 years during the operational phase
  • Unique opportunity to benefit globally from the skills knowledge and experience gained from Hinkley Point C.
  • The new build at Hinkley Point C is set to be an international showcase.

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