County Council Welcomes Hinkley Boost for Somerset Businesses

The Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, David Hall has welcomed today’s announcement from EDF Energy, saying it is very positive news for the county and the country.

EDF Energy this morning disclosed more preferred bidders for Hinkley Point C, including Southwest joint ventures with combined contract values of more than £225 million. These are the companies and businesses that, subject to final investment decision, are set to benefit from these multi million pound contracts for the proposed nuclear development.

It is now estimated that more than 60% of the construction cost will be placed with UK firms, against an initial estimate of 57%.

Today Cllr Hall said: “Today’s news from EDF Energy is a terrific boost for the local economy and is very positive news for the county and country as a whole.

“Once EDF Energy has reached its final agreement with its investment partners, our communities will be set to benefit hugely from the creation of jobs and millions of pounds worth of investment in our infrastructure.

“This announcement is extremely positive and should also give many other local businesses the encouragement and confidence they need to become involved in the supply chain.

“Thousands of businesses have signed up and any business wishing to find out more or register on the supply chain portal should visit: www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk