£200m region boost from nuclear site
PUBLISHED: 12:02 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:00 12 August 2015
SOUTH West businesses could earn up to £225million from the proposed Hinkley Point C development, although new problems have threatened to delay the nuclear project yet further.
French energy giant EDF has this week revealed its preferred bidders to supply services to the proposed nuclear power plant, including businesses in North Somerset, with a potential boost to the region in excess of £200million.
Among the firms chosen is a joint venture between Weston’s Crosville Motor Services and First Bus, who will operate high-frequency services to the construction site from park- and-ride sites, as well as nearby towns and villages.
Alex Carter, managing director of First Bus in the South West, said: “I’m pleased that with our partners Crosville, we’ve achieved preferred bidder status.
“The contract will help secure jobs and is great news for our business and the wider community.”
Also on the list is a consortium named HOST, which includes Weston construction firm John West Contractors and accountants Brooking, Ruse and Co, and will be managing the workers’ campus accommodation.
However, the good news follows hot on the footsteps of a further challenge to the project from Greenpeace and nine German and Austrian renewable energy firms. This follows an earlier challenge from the Austrian Government relating to the use of European Union subsidies in funding the project.
Reports also suggest French reactor builder Areva is aware of safety issues with two reactors constructed at a French facility of the same type which would be used in the Hinkley build.
Despite the news, UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said last week there is a ‘very good’ prospect of construction getting underway on the plant before the end of the year.