Hinkley contract workers will bring huge boost to economy, says EDF

Bridgwater Mercury: Hinkley contract workers will bring huge boost to economy, says EDF Hinkley contract workers will bring huge boost to economy, says EDF

THE arrival of more than 1,000 contract workers to help with a massive nuclear maintenance programme will boost West Somerset's economy, it has been claimed.

One of the two reactors at the Hinkley B plant went offline on Friday so the work, which will last several weeks, could begin.

EDF Energy says the project, which involves EDF staff and more than 1,000 specialist contractors, will see several hundred inspections take place and new equipment installed.

Station director Mike Harrison said: “This inspection and investment programme will help enable us to continue generating power safely and reliably at Hinkley B for many years to come.

“A full two years of planning precedes this work.

“It's also positive for the local economy with the knock-on benefits for local shops, taxis, restaurants and accommodation providers.”

The man responsible for delivering the work, strategic outage manager Nick Wall, said: “Having the reactor offline makes it possible to inspect and undertake maintenance we wouldn't normally be able to do.

“Inspections will take place on the reactor's fuel channels and boiler pipework as well as the reactor core itself.

“The unit's electricity generating turbine will also see enhancement work and maintenance.

“It's a one-company approach and we're working hand in hand with our 1,000 contract partners to deliver this project safely and to time.”

Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger, who visited the site this week to meet the workforce and see the maintenance preparations, said: “Investment on this scale is a welcome benefit to our local economy.”

The other reactor at Hinkley B will operate as normal throughout.

EDF says each reactor at Hinkley Point is shut down for inspection and maintenance every three years.

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10:16am Tue 9 Oct 12

SheilaA says...

So the influx of 1,000
workers is going to be of huge benifit to West Somerset's economy say EDF!!!! Can I point out once more It's Sedgemoor and the surrounding area that is going to suffer most Cannington again being at the heart of it all , those 1,000 workers will have have to get to the Point by going through Cannington at one point or another ,is this in addition to the planned 5,600 workers EDF has said it is going to need. AND where are these 1,000 workers going to be living thats the question, is this plus the in excess of 4,500 vehicles going through Cannington daily at the present time in a Village that only has one main road.But then why should ILG worry about that as long as he is making the right noises to EDF it's a great pity he does not bother to reply to his constituents letters Can I also say How very sorry I feel for Stogursey ,Shurton,Comwitch their lives are going to be unbearable, and no I am not against a new power station just the way EDF has gone about it from the start they have never listened to the residents of this area
So the influx of 1,000 workers is going to be of huge benifit to West Somerset's economy say EDF!!!! Can I point out once more It's Sedgemoor and the surrounding area that is going to suffer most Cannington again being at the heart of it all , those 1,000 workers will have have to get to the Point by going through Cannington at one point or another ,is this in addition to the planned 5,600 workers EDF has said it is going to need. AND where are these 1,000 workers going to be living thats the question, is this plus the in excess of 4,500 vehicles going through Cannington daily at the present time in a Village that only has one main road.But then why should ILG worry about that as long as he is making the right noises to EDF it's a great pity he does not bother to reply to his constituents letters Can I also say How very sorry I feel for Stogursey ,Shurton,Comwitch their lives are going to be unbearable, and no I am not against a new power station just the way EDF has gone about it from the start they have never listened to the residents of this area SheilaA

1:58pm Thu 11 Oct 12

ronaldh says...

1,000 more workers for Hinkley "B" added to the EDF estimate of 5,600 workers for Hinkley "C" and with the proposed two shift system will mean 3,300 workers off shift in the area night and day.
Also there is the increase of the extra vehicular traffic which seems to be of no consequence to either our MP or EDF.
Can our MP tell us, the residents, how Bridgwater and the surrounding area is supposed to cope with the problems which will without doubt arise
1,000 more workers for Hinkley "B" added to the EDF estimate of 5,600 workers for Hinkley "C" and with the proposed two shift system will mean 3,300 workers off shift in the area night and day. Also there is the increase of the extra vehicular traffic which seems to be of no consequence to either our MP or EDF. Can our MP tell us, the residents, how Bridgwater and the surrounding area is supposed to cope with the problems which will without doubt arise ronaldh

3:51am Sun 14 Oct 12

daveman says...

the country cant afford much at the moment, i doubt it can afford another nuclear power station.
the country cant afford much at the moment, i doubt it can afford another nuclear power station. daveman

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