Over £1.3bn in Hinkley Point C contracts awarded to South West firms.

Thursday 26th July 2018

South West firms from engineering specialists to office chair suppliers are included in businesses that have already been awarded £1.3bn worth of contracts for the biggest building project of its kind in Europe – and this is understood to be only the tip of the iceberg! Around 4,000 South West businesses have to date registered on the Hinkley Point C supply chain portal and many more are expected to add their names with contracts worth many billions of pounds yet to be awarded. For the full story please read the article below which appeared in the Western Morning News today.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, 26th July 2018

South West Firms Awarded £1.3bn in Contracts at Hinkley Point C

More than £1.3bn in contracts at Hinkley Point C have been awarded to businesses in Devon and the South West, according to Government figures released last week.

Devon firms from heavy engineering specialists to office chair suppliers are among the businesses taking a slice of the building project - the biggest of its kind in Europe.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg, according to the team who are tasked with finding the right businesses to slot into the Hinkley supply chain.

Sam Evans, Head of Hinkley Supply Chain Engagement, said: “The economic and skills boost to the region is significant. The contracts are being secured in a very competitive market that sees a national and international supply chain competing for work.

“The Hinkley Supply Chain Team has been championing the opportunity that Hinkley Point C construction brings, not only for the economic value and employment but also for the catalyst it represents to drive up skills, leadership and supplier capability. Our work in the last 12 months has engaged with 21 Tier 1 contractors, identified 84 work package opportunities and promoted over 1,600 supplier matches for these requirements.

“While much of the engagement so far has been focused on services, earthworks and early civil construction, the Hinkley Supply Chain Team is now progressing more of the manufacturing requirements as the project presents its mechanical and electrical contract opportunities. Engaging with local manufacturers to deliver these contracts is critical to develop the industrial legacy for the region that EDF Energy has outlined as a priority for the project.”

Published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Hinkley Point C Wider Benefits Realisation Plan outlined that £650m has already been spent with businesses in the South West, with a further £700m worth of contracts entered into with regional suppliers.
Chris Langdon, Interim CEO of Somerset of Commerce and Hinkley Supply Chain Project Lead, adds: “Large infrastructure projects like Hinkley Point C have the potential to be powerful catalysts that can drive skills, capability and competitiveness in regional supply chains. For this to happen, there needs to be real engagement with the full range of contract opportunities, particularly the more technical manufacturing elements.

“This engagement is now a live reality with Hinkley Point C, as the manufacturing work packages open up to support the mechanical and electrical contracts. There is a valuable opportunity here for collaboration between regional, national and international suppliers, given the scale and technical standards demanded.”

SWMAS Ltd is leading the Hinkley Supply Chain Programme and fully engaged on over £250million of manufacturing work packages that the regional supply chain could support. Engaging with the main contractor teams from BYLOR, Balfour Beatty, ACTAN, M&W Group, Ovivo and Balfour Beatty Bailey, this pipeline includes steel fabrication for civil construction and cooling water tunnels; supports, components and equipment for heating, ventilation and air conditioning contracts; and electrical contracts.

Around 4,000 South West businesses have registered on the Hinkley supply chain portal to date.