Britain’s biggest net zero and energy security project continues to deliver on jobs, skills, investment and opportunity
New figures released today show the positive impact Hinkley Point C is having on the national and regional economy, as the project prepares to hit peak construction.
The station’s latest socio-economic report shows the ways in which nuclear projects can benefit local communities up and down the country, with over £5 billion having been spent directly with South West companies so far and more than 19,000 jobs created on site.
Also announced today are 30,000 new training places which will strengthen the future workforce, both regionally and across the country. 1,310 apprentices have already been trained so far on the project.
Reacting to the new figures and the project’s latest Socio-economic Impact Report, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said,
“Hinkley Point C shows how nuclear investment is vital in supporting communities across the country, sustaining thousands of well-paid green jobs, generating billions of pounds of investment in the South West in particular and creating the next generation of skilled workers.
“The Government’s energy security and net zero strategy envisions deploying much more nuclear power alongside renewables, replicating these benefits for communities up and down the country. That’s why it’s vital that we make the UK the best place in the world to invest in new nuclear.”
Notes to editors
- Hinkley Point C’s Socio-economic Impact Report 2023 can be accessed here.
- The UK has five generating nuclear power stations, providing around 15% of the country’s electricity from 5.9 GW of capacity.
- Hartlepool and Heysham I stations will retire in March 2026, and Heysham II and Torness will retire in March 2028, leaving only Sizewell B, with 1.2 GW of generating capacity.
- The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe found nuclear to have the lowest land use, lowest ecosystem impact and lowest lifecycle carbon of all generating technologies.
- Nuclear has saved the UK 2.3 billion tonnes of carbon emissions, far more than any other source. The saving is equivalent to all UK emissions from 2015 through 2020.
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