Businesses in Essex urged to participate in nuclear power station construction

Hinkley Point C buildersEDF Energy is encouraging East of England small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to participate in the construction of new build project, Hinkley Point C, the first new nuclear power station in the UK in over 20 years. EDF Energy is encouraging SMEs to apply for the associated manufacturing related contracts in the hopes that businesses in the East gain nuclear experience ahead of the construction of the Suffolk and Essex based Sizewell C and Bradwell B.

How Hinkley Point C will benefit the East

Hinkley Point CEDF Energy wants to work with UK companies in delivering the £16 billion Hinkley Point C project and is working to ensure that UK manufacturers are capable of winning their share of the £500 million worth of contracts. A number of companies in the East have already won contracts as part of the Hinkley Point C project.

Colchester-based Ovivo UK Limited secured a £27 million deal last July to design and supply the cooling water intake screening system that will filter the huge amounts of sea water required to cool the nuclear reactors. When completed it is expected to be the largest system of its kind in the world. The company has a rich heritage in this sector and provided similar systems for the Hinkley Point A and B reactors, as well as for the Sizewell A and B nuclear plants on the Suffolk coast. Most of the design work is taking place in Colchester whilst the equipment is being manufactured at a number of locations, around 80% of them in the UK.

“We are very happy to have been selected by EDF Energy as their sole supplier for the seawater filtration system. We have a long association with the United Kingdom’s nuclear power plant industry and we are proud to be given this opportunity to contribute in the building of the next generation of nuclear plants in the country,”


Marc Barbeau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ovivo UK

Additionally, offshore construction equipment specialist Red7Marine, based near Manningtree with an operational yard in Ipswich, has supplied a jack-up barge to assist operations at the site.

EDF will have around 80 manufacturing related contracts of their own to let. £70 million has already been awarded to more than 130 small and medium sized businesses.

What Essex can look forward to with the proposed development of Sizewell C and Bradwell B

Hinkley Point C craneThe first two out of three consultation stages for Sizewell C have been completed ahead of the submission of a planning application. It is thought that, subject to approval, Sizewell C could become operational in 2031 – six years after Hinkley Point C is likely to start generating electricity.

EDF Energy unveiled a report on the social and economic impact of the Hickley Point C nuclear project in Somerset, at a supply chain event in Westminster. Business leaders and politicians from the East of England were given an insight into the potential boost to the region’s economy if proposals for new nuclear power stations Sizewell C and Bradwell B go ahead.

“Nuclear has a bigger impact on jobs and skills than any other technology, especially compared to importing energy. We are determined to use that impact to leave a positive legacy and today’s report shows that we are delivering on our promises. Bradwell B in Essex would follow the Sizewell project – multiplying the positive effect on people and the economy from Sizewell B and C.”


Jim Crawford, Project Development Director, Sizewell C

The report shows that more than £465 million worth of contracts have been awarded in the South-West and a third of the jobs created are expected to be filled by local people. Additionally, nearly 200 apprenticeships have been created.

EDF Energy plans to replicate such figures in Essex but encourages businesses in the East to get involved in the Hinkley Point C project so that local people gain suitable skills to work in the nuclear business ahead of the future projects.

About Hinkley Point C

Hinkley Point CEDF Energy is the world’s leading nuclear power utility and the largest producer of low carbon electricity in the UK, supplying a fifth of the country’s electricity through various means including their nuclear power stations. Hinkley Point C, which will be built in Somerset, will provide low-carbon electricity for around 6 million homes. The construction and operation of the nuclear power station will create 25,000 employment opportunities, up to 1,000 apprenticeships. It is estimated that 57% of the project’s construction value will go to UK companies boosting the UK manufacturing sector and bringing lasting benefits to the UK economy.

To find out more information about Hinkley Point C see here.

For more information about EDF Energy’s other nuclear new build projects see here.

How to get involved with the development of Hinkley Point C

If you are a company in the East interested in winning a contract with EDF for the development of Hinkley Point C you can find more information here.

To register as a supplier to Hinkley Point C see here. 

INVEST Essex can also advise businesses who want to get involved in the project, contact a member of the team here.

Source [EDF Energy]

Robert Edge
Robert Edge

Inward Investment Manager (UK Multimodal Gateway:Essex)

+44 (0) 7740 179497


Following a ten year career with a major Colchester freight forwarder shipping everything from confectionery to oxygen plants, Robert has spent almost 15 years in inward investment promotion. Having had experience in China, India and the Middle East, Robert leads on the logistics and renewables sector.