Home to Europe’s largest infrastructure project
Somerset West and Taunton is home to Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, a large-scale project to construct a 3,200 MWe nuclear power station with two EPRs located on the West Somerset Coast.
Managed by EDF Energy, these are the first nuclear reactors to be built in the UK for 20 years and, once in operation, will provide low carbon electricity for six million homes over a sixty year period, representing approximately 7% of the UK’s electricity needs.
Hinkley Point C is the largest infrastructure project in Europe and will leave with it a huge legacy, an established supply chain and potential for businesses to benefit from the talent pool.
With a focus on innovation, tech and supply chain modelling, the nuclear sector is supported by the University Centre Somerset (UCS) which developed the National College for Nuclear (NCfN), where they provide higher degree apprenticeships validated by UWE Bristol. And, as of September 2021, are offering a BEng (Hons) Engineering with Nuclear degree. The sector is also supported by Nuclear South West, a leading partnership organisation which brings together the sector’s key energy stakeholders and works with other sites and partnerships across the country to support supply chain development, inward investment and upskilling.
Significant investment has been given to the area to upskill, retrain and attract the best nuclear talent. The decommissioning of Hinkley B, and in the future Hinkley Point C, presents opportunities for businesses to retain and grow associated businesses and contractors.
Businesses working in the nuclear and renewable sectors are invited to take advantage of the established supply chain and distinctive and highly skilled talent pool, created by the legacy of Hinkley Point.
Andrew Cockcroft, Senior Community Relations Manager at EDF for Hinkley Point C