A contract awarded by Hinkley Point C to industrial engineering firm Bilfinger will trigger investment and new jobs for UK manufacturing on Humberside, French utility EDF said on Tuesday.The £58m “Balance of Plant” contract involves designing and making 56km of specialized pipework for the new nuclear power station. The order will create 35 new jobs in the UK, 24 of them on Humberside. Investment to modernize Bilfinger UK’s Immingham factory will allow an increase in UK manufacturing in this highly skilled area, boosting UK industrial capacity. Work will also be carried out by Bilfinger UK in Warrington, EDF said.Hinkley Point C suppliers based in Yorkshire and Humberside number about 120, EDF said. The North-West region also hosts 180 suppliers with both regions providing a wide range of skills including civil engineering, marine work, lifting and project management. Direct spending on contracts in the North and Midlands of England has already reached almost £1.1bn and will increase as the project continues.
“Hinkley Point C depends on the expertise of hundreds of UK suppliers across the whole country – and this contract is one of many to create jobs and skills across the North of England," said Simon Parsons, MEH Programme Director.
“Nuclear is an essential part of the net-zero future and today’s figures show how successful businesses in Yorkshire and Humber have been in winning contracts on new nuclear construction. These experienced suppliers are now well placed to win more business for our region if the Government gives the go-ahead for more nuclear," noted Beckie Hart CBI, Director for Yorkshire and Humber.
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