Sizewell C will be a huge opportunity for Norfolk businesses

  • Businesses from Norfolk and Suffolk recently visited the South West

A recent trade mission from Norfolk and Suffolk visited the South West and toured Hinkley Point C in Somerset.  It rapidly became apparent, based on that visit, the scale of the potential of the opportunities for local businesses from the construction of a similar project at Sizewell C, just over the border in Suffolk.

The Hinkley Point C site was huge.  They were just reaching the end of the earthworks stage and they had already turned a valley into a hill, with the backfilled earth; had nearly 3,000 workers on site; and 13 tower cranes.  Together with a whole traffic lighted transport system, including 122 park and ride buses servicing the site each day.  Nearly 50% of the workforce were local to the region and it is anticipated that over the lifetime of the project, the average of local workforce would be about 35%.

Throughout the overall project, they expect to move 5.6 million cubic metres of earth; award £1.5 billion of contracts to South West companies; lay 4,000km of electrical cabling; and have 52 tower cranes on site.  Overall, the completed nuclear power station will generate 7% of the UK’s electricity.

It is clear that the project at Sizewell C will have huge opportunities for local businesses from groundworks, to catering, electrical and mechanical engineering through to senior scientists.  But as a region we must start now to ensure we are ready to take advantage of the opportunity.

So what steps can you take now?

Register your interest in the Sizewell C supply chain

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