The Local and regional supply chain for Hinkley Point C

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 and supply chain strategy for Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy has been working with the Somerset Chamber of Commerce since 2010 to identify and support local and regional businesses that want to become part of the supply chain. The Somerset Chamber provides the core of the Hinkley Supply Chain Team which is the first point of contact for Somerset and South West businesses wishing to engage in one of the largest civil engineering projects in Europe. This website forms a central resource for Somerset and South West businesses who wish to make the most of the opportunities available.

Click here to view a map of the local and regional areas covered by the Hinkley Supply Chain Team.

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.
  • Keep abreast of the latest developments including build schedules and work package information.
  • 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 Hinkley Supply Chain Team and its partners to help businesses get ‘Hinkley ready’.
  • Meet one-to-one with Tier 1 contractors for the Hinkley Project through a series of Meet the Buyer events.

Click here to see more information from EDF Energy on the Hinkley Point C power plant.

For businesses located outside the Somerset and South West area, EDF Energy has other supplier portals that cover National and the area around the proposed new build at Sizewell in Suffolk.

Please click here to access these sites.

Hinkley Supply Chain Team

The Hinkley Supply Chain Team is formed around a central team from the Somerset Chamber and EDF Energy who manage this supply chain portal and associated activities. This core identification and engagement activity has been funded by EDF Energy since 2010. Further work to provide early identification of relevant work package opportunities leveraging the supply chain intelligence has to date been funded by some Tier 1 contractors and the UK Government Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). Other resource is now being drawn in from neighbouring business support organisations and local authority funding which will allow a broader level of business support across the region. As the project demands grow, so will the Hinkley Supply Chain Team.

The four Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) close to Hinkley Point C are collaborating to help unlock critical resource needed to maximise benefit to the business community in the South West.

For 2015 the Team is currently supported by EDF Energy, Sedgemoor District Council, North Somerset Council, the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) and the Manufacturing Advisory Service. The Heart of the South West LEP are working with us to find further support from UK Government (BIS) and neighbouring Local Enterprise Partnerships. The Somerset Chamber continues to source collaborative resource from Tier 1 contractors and other South West local authorities and business organisations.

Local supplier partnership opportunities for companies outside the South West:

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 the supplier database.

Click here to register your interest in a supplier partnership opportunity.

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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