G4S has entered into a ten-year contract worth £80 million with EDF Energy to provide security services for the construction of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear plant project in Somerset*.
The project would see the development of the UK’s first nuclear power station for a generation, with G4S providing on-site security management services to include access control, perimeter security and visitor search and screening.
As part of a panel of suppliers, G4S will also provide screening and vetting of on-site contractors.
At peak delivery times, G4S would deploy 300 staff, in turn contributing to the creation of an estimated 25,000 jobs through the entirety of the project.
Commenting on the announcement, Doug Hewitson (regional managing director for G4S Secure Solutions UK) said: “We have had the privilege of working with EDF at Hinkley Point for the past four years now, and this contract award is a great endorsement of the partnership we’ve developed. We’re delighted to be part of one of the most complex and challenging construction projects in the UK.”
The new power station will provide electricity for around five million homes with HPC delivering reliable, low carbon electricity to meet 7% of the UK’s total demand.
During its 60 years of operation, HPC will avoid around 9 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Supporting new nuclear power generation in the UK
“Hinkley Point C will be at the forefront of the revitalisation of the UK’s industrial and skills base,” explained EDF Energy’s CEO Vincent de Rivaz. “we have worked hard to build a robust supply chain to support new nuclear in the UK. The project will boost industrial stamina in the UK and kick-start the new nuclear programme. Experience gained at Hinkley Point will help firms be successful in nuclear projects around the world.”
Andrea Leadsom MP, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, said: “Hinkley Point C offers a tremendous opportunity for the UK supply chain and we’ve worked closely with EDF to ensure British firms benefit. As part of our long-term plan to support the industries of the future, create jobs and provide secure, affordable energy supplies for hardworking families and businesses, we’re backing our nuclear sector by fostering innovation and opportunity as we cut carbon emissions.”
The announcement of more preferred bidders for the site has been welcomed by the Confederation of British Industry. The CBI’s director general John Cridland said: “Hinkley Point will set the ball rolling for the UK’s nuclear new build programme, putting us on the right path towards achieving a secure and sustainable energy mix. It represents a real opportunity for growth, with the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs for people not just in the local community, but also up and down the whole country.”
In order to prepare the potential workforce, EDF Energy has invested £11 million in training, education and skills in Somerset, with the opening of both a new Energy Skills Centre and a Construction Skills Centre in partnership with Bridgwater College. The project will provide a wealth of apprenticeships and opportunities for the future workforce and, in doing so, leave a long-term and sustainable legacy for the region.
EDF Energy has also worked closely with the Trade Unions on its new nuclear programme in the UK. Agreements have already been reached with the Unite, GMB, UCATT and Prospect unions for the Hinkley Point project. These cover safety, quality, productivity, pay, industrial relations and the ongoing development of skills and training.
*Subject to a final investment decision