Statement from John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce on today’s EDF Energy board meeting
“Suffolk Chamber of Commerce believes that the nuclear industry has been good for the county’s economy. It has been good for Suffolk thanks to both the jobs created directly and indirectly and in terms of investment in the skills base of the local workforce over many decades.
“The building of a new nuclear power station would boost our economy both during construction and once it is up and running. We have been working closely with EDF Energy through our local supply chain website to ensure that as many local businesses have a chance to pick up contracts as possible should Sizewell C get the go-ahead.
“Therefore, we are supportive of EDF Energy’s plans to build new nuclear stations in the UK and are hopeful that a final investment decision for the new station at Hinkley Point C will be made today.
“If that is the case, this will be significant and positive news for what might happen at Sizewell as 80% of work packages related to building and running a power station is non-nuclear, so there will be plenty of opportunities for SMEs in Suffolk and for regional businesses.
“£100m pa will be pumped into the local economy for every year of construction, a time span expected to be around 10 years.
“Suffolk Chamber has been developing a Supply Chain Information Portal for EDF Energy in relation to the prospective build of a new power station at Sizewell (www.sizewellcsupplychain.co.uk) to maximise the readiness of local businesses for this great potential opportunity”.