EDF Energy has announced that it is to host a supply chain event entitled “New Nuclear Opportunities” to highlight the company’s plans to invest in new nuclear power stations in the UK and the role that British businesses will have to help deliver the investment.
Energy minister Mike O’Brien will deliver the keynote address on the subject of the Government’s perspective.
EDF Energy intends to build four new EPR reactors in the UK with the first operational by the end of 2017. Its new build programme is expected to lead to the tendering of about 150 contracts worth billions of pounds.
The aim of the event is to ensure that UK companies are aware of the opportunities that EDF Energy’s investment plans will create. The event will also provide information about the EDF Energy procurement process, and give potential suppliers more details about our new business structures, and the work packages which will be available for bids.
EDF Energy managing director for nuclear new build Humphrey-Cadoux Hudson said: “All of us depend on reliable, affordable and clean supplies of energy. Delivering long-term investment to achieve this is one of the biggest challenges facing the energy industry and the UK as a whole. Our aim is to play a leading role in UK nuclear new build, alongside our investment programmes in other forms of low carbon generation.
“New nuclear build will be a significant investment in the UK which will create considerable opportunities for British companies and British workers who can deliver. UK firms will be in the vanguard of the nuclear renaissance.
“We are beginning our procurement process for new build this year and now is the time for the UK companies to prepare so that they can take maximum advantage of the multi-billion pound opportunities available.”
O’Brien added:” New nuclear power stations could provide thousands of new jobs, many of them in the supply chain. With the new build programme moving ahead the business is up for grabs for UK companies. This event will give companies the chance to come and find out where the opportunities will be. ”
Attendance at the event will be by invitation only. Companies wishing to take part can register their interest at www.edfenergy.com/newnuclearopportunities.