Nuclear News

Nuclear renaissance boosts British businesses

Posted: 15/3/12

The UK is benefitting from a nuclear renaissance thanks to investment in power plants across the country, from Hinkley Point in Somerset to potential new nuclear sites in Suffolk and Anglesey.

Expected to generate billions of pounds of investment over the next decade, the Hinkley Point C development firmly places Somerset on the map as nothing of this scale has been built in the UK for thirty years. The nuclear new build will be looked upon globally as a blueprint for how nuclear power plants will be built in the future.

Supply chain gears up for Hinkley Point C

Posted: 28/11/11

Around 100 delegates attended the latest Hinkley Supply Chain event, entitled 'How to win business at Hinkley C’, to find out more about the opportunities to get involved in the Hinkley Point C new nuclear development through smart business development and collaboration.

New, nationally-operated Manufacturing Advisory Service could help generate £1.5bn in growth

Posted: 24/11/11

South West manufacturers will continue to receive expert advice and practical, hands-on support from the same local network of manufacturing specialists but with the additional support and backing of a new nationally-operated Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), that could help generate £1.5bn in growth

Huntspill, Somerset - 250 acre Energy Park gets ready

Posted: 24/11/11

Working in conjunction with Sedgemoor District Council, BAE Systems and their consultant team are continuing to advance proposals to develop the former Royal Ordnance Factory situated at Puriton, North East of Bridgwater Town Centre.

Hinkley C opportunities for collaboration and new investment

Posted: 24/11/11

Significant effort is being taken by the Somerset Hinkley Supply Chain Team, a joint Somerset Chamber of Commerce and EDF Energy project, to develop good intelligence of local supplier capability in order to deliver an effective supplier matching exercise for main contractors early enough in the Hinkley C new nuclear programme.

This work is allowing the joint Chamber and Somerset 3D teams to build strong relationships with the National and International Tier 1 contractors which will lead to significant investment in Somerset.

EDF Energy motto in Somerset is: “A new power station is not the only thing we will create”.

Posted: 24/11/11

EDF Energy Chief Executive, Vincent de Rivaz attended the Nuclear Development Forum on 27 October with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne MP, Energy Minister Charles Hendry MP and Mike Weightman, Chief Nuclear Inspector. This was his full statement:-

“Secretary of State, this is an important moment.”

“We have achieved a lot this year - together. As we look back on 2011 we will see it as a significant year. What we have done has been achieved collaboratively. We need to continue to work together."

The South West Energy Cluster

Posted: 24/11/11

Earlier this year, the Government outlined the eight locations deemed suitable for new power stations by 2025. The South West will be the only part of the country to host two new power plants – Hinkley Point and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire.

The development of these two power plants is expected to cost up to £20 billion and will provide a significant opportunity for businesses in Somerset and the South West.

NRC – A new world class nuclear research centre for the South-West

Posted: 24/11/11

The Nuclear Research Centre (NRC) is a joint venture between the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford which will create a centre of national and international importance in nuclear research.

Opportunity knocks for businesses as Hinkley Project gets underway

Posted: 11/10/11

Following approval for the preparatory works at Hinkley Point C, a number of businesses are already reaping the rewards. Now inward investment body Somerset 3D is urging businesses outside the county to register online in order to ensure they’re in a position to take advantage of Somerset’s biggest construction project in decades.

Somerset will become world leader in nuclear

Posted: 16/6/11

Somerset businesses and those looking to move to the county have heard from the Head of Nuclear New Build at the Department for Energy and Climate Change that the low carbon renaissance provides a “fantastic business opportunity”.

Top civil servant Hergen Haye told around 200 delegates at the low carbon conference in Somerset at the end of May that the investment at Hinkley Point can be the catalyst for developing a cluster of businesses specialising in technology that Britain and the world must have to tackle the problems of climate change.