Sedgemoor District Council, EDF Energy and local partners have been working together to ensure that Somerset businesses are given opportunities to be part of the supply chain required for the proposed new nuclear power investment at Hinkley Point. A new supply chain portal (
Hinkley Supply Chain) is now live for Somerset businesses to register their interest and capabilities.
EDF Energy intends to build (subject to Development Consent) two new EPR reactors at Hinkley Point with the first one operational by 2017. This major investment will generate significant commercial opportunities for local companies wishing to become an essential part of the supply chain. To deliver a project of this size there is a need to procure a wide range of contracts across all sectors, including engineering, construction, transport, leisure, professional and other support services, with many of the contracts being open to non-nuclear specialists.
The aim of the Hinkley Supply Chain Registration portal is to ensure that local companies have the opportunity to tell EDF Energy about their capabilities and for EDF to match these, where possible, with the full range of requirements. Although there will be significant and necessary safety and quality standards for contractors and suppliers to meet, there is also a commitment to guide and support businesses who wish to develop their capabilities to meet the necessary standards. By registering interest early it will be possible for businesses to have the time and support necessary to develop the accreditations required.
This first level of registration aims to capture key contact details and identify the key levels of capability of the businesses in Somerset who register. EDF Energy and local partners will then provide further information relevant to the capabilities and requirements and some businesses will be asked to submit more detailed information in subsequent registrations. Sedgemoor District Council, the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, South West Manufacturing Service, local authorities and agencies are working with EDF Energy to influence and deliver an effective supply chain engagement programme for Somerset.
There is currently a live requirement to identify Somerset businesses that may be able to support contractors currently developing tenders for the main civil works packages. Please visit the website to register if you think your business could support this work.