Thursday, January 31, 2013
The company behind plans to build a new multi-million pound nuclear power station in Suffolk says it wants to maximise its engagement with local suppliers.
EDF Energy, which is proposing to build Sizewell C, has teamed up with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce to identify local companies that want to become part of the supply chain.
Chris Squires, new nuclear build procurement manager for EDF Energy told a packed breakfast meeting organised by Suffolk Chamber there were huge opportunities available.
“You have to bear in mind that 80% of a new nuclear power station isn’t nuclear which means there are opportunities for all manner of businesses,” he said, “from taxi companies to florists and stationers.
“We are working with the chamber to get some visibility of what the supply chain looks like and maximise the engagement of local companies.
“They will be subject to certain criteria, however. They have to have capability, capacity and they have to be competitive. And I stress, the fact that you are in Suffolk doesn’t mean it will land in your lap. You have to go and get the contracts yourself but we want to maximise the amount of work we give to local businesses.”
Mr Squires said a comparable nuclear build in Somerset at Hinkley Point, which is about three to four years ahead of Sizewell C, is already engaging local businesses.
Even though the build had not yet started, £26million had already been spent in the local economy and 128 local companies had contracts associated with the project.
Tom McGarry, communications manager at EDF also urged businesses to have their say in these early stages of consultation.
“As well as the opportunities there will also be some impact to businesses and what we need to understand in this first phase of consultation is what you think the benefits could be, and what the impacts will be, so we can limit the negative impact and make the most of the benefits.”
John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce said: “Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is delighted to be working with EDF Energy to develop a local supply chain to support the construction of Sizewell C.
“Although the details of the project have to be determined through a consultation and planning process, the chamber supports Sizewell C as a great opportunity for economic growth in our county.”
To register your interest in becoming part of the Sizewell C supply chain visit www.sizewellsupplychain.co.uk