EDF Energy has announced contracts worth £240m for its planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, despite uncertainty over whether the project will go ahead.
The contracts cover areas including workforce accommodation, catering, transport, office supplies, maintenance and utilities.
The government’s decision over the £18bn power plant was put on hold by prime minister Theresa May last month, just hours after EDF’s board agreed to fund the project. Energy secretary Greg Clark said the government needed time to “carefully consider” the project and would make a final decision in the autumn.
When asked what would become of the contracts if Hinkley Point C did not receive government approval, an EDF spokeswoman said: “That’s a question for the government.”
She added: “We’re confident it will go ahead; that’s the path we’re taking. It’s why we’re moving forward with the contracts.” .
The latest contracts, which are at different stages of the tendering process, bring the total value of contracts announced by EDF to £465m.
“South West firms have been successful in a competitive process to provide services to the proposed Hinkley Point C power station in contracts worth over £465m,” said EDF.
EDF said they have been working to create local supply chains for Hinkley Point C, in Somerset, and more than 3,000 businesses in the South West had already registered interest on the project’s supplier database.
Dale Edwards, chief executive of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, said: “The increase in value of awarded contracts of a further £240m to South West supplier alliances is exciting and encouraging news.”
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