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Hinkley go-ahead good news for South West

South West MEP Julie Girling welcomed news today that the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant is likely to go ahead.


The Conservative politician spoke out after it emerged that Theresa May's Government, following a surprise review, had given the plan the go-ahead subject to some conditions.


Mrs Girling said: 

"I think it was only right that the new Prime Minister should want to satisfy herself over  the cost and security matters involved in a huge investment from China.
 
"But I am delighted the result is a green light. As someone who works closely on environmental issues I am convinced that nuclear has to play a key part in a clean, green power mix.
 
"When the scheme goes ahead it will mean a major boost for jobs and the economy of our region for many years to come."
Dale Edwards, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, said, 
“The government’s confirmation of the green light for Hinkley Point C is tremendous news for the region, signalling the start of a project that will bring enormous investment, the creation and security of many thousands of jobs, and huge benefits for the county as a whole through improved infrastructure and phenomenal business opportunities.
 
“It is extremely gratifying to finally get confirmation that the project will happen, giving local businesses the opportunity to be part of Europe’s largest infrastructure project and build a legacy that will benefit future generations.
 
“Hinkley Point C is expected to be worth over £200million per year to the regional economy during the years of core construction activity, and almost £4billion over the lifetime of the project.
 
“The substantial investment and opportunities this will bring for local businesses are the culmination of many years of sustained collaboration with EDF Energy to develop a robust supply chain that can deliver this major infrastructure project.
 
“While over £465million of contact values have already been awarded to businesses in Somerset and the South West as a result of the supply chain activity, today’s announcement is likely to be the stimulus that will really kick-start the benefits and opportunities that this project will bring.”

The Somerset Chamber of Commerce manages the Hinkley supply chain portal for the South West and is the first point of contact for Somerset and South West businesses wishing to engage in the construction of the nuclear new build project. For information on registration, work packages and much more, visit www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk

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