EDF commitment to the UK supply chain with £250m contracts to manufacturing companies across the country is welcome news says GMB.
GMB, the union for workers in steel, energy and engineering construction, commented on the announcement by EDF that UK companies, including steel makers, have secured over £250m of manufacturing contracts for Hinkley Point C. See notes to editors for EDF press release on Hinkley Point C and UK Steel 19 January 2016.
Phil Whitehurst, GMB National Officer said "GMB at a joint consultative meeting with EDF in September 2015 requested that EDF and its major contract suppliers make a commitment to use UK produced steel on the project. This position was endorsed by all the signatory trade unions at Hinkley Point.
GMB is delighted that EDF has responded favourably to this request. GMB welcome the statement by EDF setting out their commitment to the UK supply chain with £250m contracts to manufacturing companies across the country.
We still need urgent action by Cameron and his ministers to force the EU Commission to act on the dumping of cheap Chinese steel."
Contact: Phil Whitehurst 07968 338810 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.
Notes to editors
EDF press release on Hinkley Point C and UK Steel 19 January 2016
Hinkley Point C will be the UK's first new nuclear power station built for a generation, and will pave the way for further nuclear power stations. Hinkley Point C is a big opportunity for UK steel, as well as for UK construction and manufacturing more widely.
UK companies have been successful in securing over £250m of manufacturing contracts right across the country, which is further evidence of our growing confidence that UK plc can be competitive and deliver the quality standards required of New Nuclear Build.
The project has a large and varied demand for steel. This includes around 200,000 tonnes of reinforcement in the concrete structures, over 600,000 embedment plates, large quantities of structural steelwork for the construction of the turbine halls and other structures, steel containment liners to the two reactor buildings, stainless steel liners to fuel ponds and a thousand kilometres of steel pipework.
It is our expectation that a large proportion of this requirement will come from UK companies, subject to a competitive process.
The UK does not currently have the capability or capacity of producing the very largest forgings required by the power station, therefore these will have to be sourced from outside the UK. There will be opportunity for suppliers, including those in the UK, to compete in the supply of forged components for the turbine generators and in other items such as pumps, motors, valves and the like.
Construction at Hinkley Point C will provide 25,000 employment opportunities in the UK, 1,000 apprenticeships, and more than 60% of the project's construction value is expected to come from British companies.
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EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.
EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.
These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.
Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.
In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.
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