40 skilled jobs and new apprenticeships announced after Jarrow firm lands Hinkley Point nuclear power station contract

More than 40 new skilled jobs are being created after a South Tyneside manufacturer landed a contract to work on the new Hinkley Point ‘C’ nuclear power plant site.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 4:45 pm
A KAEFER worker. The company has just won a contract to supply the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project.

KAEFER, a lead­ing pro­vider of fab­ric­ated in­dus­trial duct­work, won the tender to supply the mammoth project in Somerset.

The duct­work will be fab­ric­ated at KAE­FER’s Jar­row man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity, which the company says will provid­e a huge boost for the local eco­nomy with over 40 skilled jobs, new ap­pren­tice­ships, and con­tracts for sup­port­ing activ­it­ies with the local sup­ply chain.

The company has entered into what it calls a long-term pro­gram with EDF (NNB GenCo) to de­liver spe­cial­ist steel duct­work sec­tions for the nuc­lear is­land con­struc­tion for units 1 & 2.

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A KAEFER worker. The company has just won a contract to supply the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project.

Tre­vor Wood­ard, dir­ector for busi­ness and strategy for KAEFER UK & Ire­land, said: “We are de­lighted to have signed this con­tract for the sup­ply of nuc­lear duct­work with NNB GenCo.

"Due to the scale and com­plex­ity of this pro­ject, this has been a col­lab­or­at­ive jour­ney with our cus­tomer over a num­ber of years to get to this po­s­i­tion, in con­tract and ready to sup­ply.

"I’m really proud of the team that has got us to this point and we have a great found­a­tion now to keep work­ing to­gether to meet the pro­ject de­liv­ery mile­stones ahead.

"This is long-term, tech­nical, high-qual­ity work and gives a big mor­ale boost to our North East work force and the local eco­nomy.”

A KAEFER worker. The company has just won a contract to supply the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project.

Tony Bear­croft, MEH Al­li­ance Pro­cure­ment Man­ager said “NNB GenCo is pleased to award this duct­work sup­ply con­tract to KAEFER UK.

"This con­tract is the cul­min­a­tion of two years’ hard work in se­lect­ing spe­cial­ist duct­work sup­plier(s).

"The KAEFER UK team ad­op­ted throughout the se­lec­tion pro­cess a col­lab­or­at­ive ap­proach to work­ing with the MEH Al­li­ance and NNB GenCo whilst also demon­strat­ing their ex­tens­ive know­ledge of man­u­fac­tur­ing high in­teg­rity duct­work.

"We look for­ward to work­ing with KAEFER UK in sup­port­ing the suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery and com­ple­tion of the Hinkley Point “C” Pro­ject over the com­ing years.”

Other high-profile KAEFER projects in recent years include sup­plying more than 52km of steel duct for the two re­cently com­mis­sioned Royal Navy air­craft car­ri­ers.

KAEFER also has ex­tens­ive ex­per­i­ence with a global port­fo­lio of nuc­lear pro­jects and has a team already de­liv­er­ing ac­cess and pro­tect­ive coat­ing ser­vices on the con­struc­tion site at Hinkley Point “C”.

Chris Foulkes, CEO KAEFER UK & Ire­land said “With the award of this con­tract for the Hinkley Point “C” nuc­lear new build pro­ject KAEFER are pleased to be again play­ing our part in the con­struc­tion of the UK’s Net Zero eco­nomy in which new nuc­lear power plants, such as Hinkley Point “C” and Sizewell “C” will play a vi­tal role.”

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