David Hall speaks at the Nuclear South West conference


Somerset County Councils Deputy Leader today told nuclear industry leaders that the county is the perfect place for nuclear business to grow.

Councillor David Hall was speaking at the first annual conference organised by Nuclear South West in Bristol, an event aimed at all businesses in the nuclear industry, as well as those outside the supply chain keen to get involved.

In a speech focusing on Hinkley Point C in Somerset, Cllr Hall, who is also the Cabinet Member for business and inward investment, said that Somerset and the South West is the ‘perfect place for the nuclear supply chain to locate itself.’

“Now that government has made their decision, we can now celebrate the final pieces of the new nuclear jigsaw being put into place,” he said.

“The businesses behind Hinkley Point C will be in an extremely strong position to grow along with the demand for domestic and international nuclear power.

He added: “The Councils and the Somerset Chamber of Commerce have been working closely for many years now with EDF Energy to develop a robust local supply chain that will support the project. I am pleased to say that already more than 3,000 Somerset and South West businesses have registered on the dedicated website as potential suppliers for the Hinkley Point C project and an additional 2000 companies have registered across the UK.

“The facts speak for themselves. EDF Energy has already awarded £465 million worth of contracts across the South West.”

The event aimed to share information about current and future projects, how businesses can get involved, and what organisations and programmes are in place to support them.

Nuclear South West is the product of a nuclear cluster concept that was conceived a few years ago to maximise the economic benefit of Hinkley Point C to Somerset and leave a sustainable legacy from its construction.