Hundreds of new jobs and apprenticeships are set to be created as part of the next phase of construction at Hinkley Point C power plant in Somerset.
Some 1,200 new jobs and 300 apprenticeship roles will be created as part of the supply chain, with workers joining the plant’s 4,000-strong workforce.
Engineering companies including Staffordshire-based Capula and Lancashire-based Exyte Hargreaves are among suppliers creating new roles.
Capula has landed a new contract to design and build instrument and control cabinets, creating 50 new jobs.
Meanwhile, Excyte Hargreaves will create 30 roles to design manufacture and commission ventilation systems.
The work to fit electrical systems, cables and pipes at Hinkley Point C is being delivered by a joint venture – the MEH (mechanical, electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning) Alliance.
The alliance has been formed by EDF and its major contractors Altrad, Balfour Beatty Bailey, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock.
The fitting of the first five out of 156 storage tanks has marked the beginning of major MEH work on site.
Simon Parsons, Hinkley Point C MEH programme director, said: “Together we are delivering on our promise to build Britain’s industrial capability by creating new jobs and skills.
“Development of a near identical power station at Sizewell C will bring further opportunities for our extensive and experienced British supply chain.”
The MP for Stone, Sir Bill Cash, said: “I’m very pleased to see Stone-based Capula create 50 new local engineering roles.
“It is great to see how Staffordshire and the wider West Midlands still leads the way for great British high-quality manufacturing for major projects such as nuclear power stations.
“Nuclear power not only creates jobs and supports the economy across the entire nation but it is also a vital part of meeting the country’s climate targets.”
The news follows a recent announcement by Warrington-based Bilfinger UK which is creating 350 UK jobs to design and manufacture specialist pipework for Hinkley Point C.
Many of the new workers will be making use of new, Somerset-based training facilities such as a welding and electrical centre of excellence, EDF said.
A new welding centre in Bridgwater is supported by the MEH Alliance, the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), the Weldability SiF Foundation and South West Institute of Technology and Bridgwater and Taunton College.
The centre plans to train and qualify 350 to 500 welders a year.