CIPS members at the West of Scotland branch held their latest meeting at Hunterston B nuclear power station’s visitor centre in North Ayrshire, during which they were given a tour of the EDF Energy plant.
Since 1976, Hunterston B has powered more than 1.5 million homes in Scotland with its two reactors. There are 22 supply chain employees at the station and another 240 across the company.
During the branch meeting members heard about the history of supply chains at EDF Energy and how they are shaped by many unique factors. Supply chain requirements are segmented in line with volume of demand and criticality to the plant operation, as is standard practice in many major industrial organisations. At EDF Energy, supply chain requirements sit within a heavily regulated industry and all contractors must be capable of compliance.
“It was a very successful evening,” said Andrew Crawford, supply chain regional lead at EDF Energy.
“In particular, the group found our approach to rationalising the supply base, building partnerships and managing performance very useful. I’m hopeful that we will hold a similar event in the future.”