SEVERAL new jobs will be created as an engineering firm from Bridgwater has become the latest local business to benefit from the work at Hinkley Point C.

Berry & Escott Engineering has secured a contract with EDF to build high-tech training equipment at the nuclear power station.

They are now offically a Tier One contractor to the project, and will have some of the highest levels of involvement, planning to bring 20 local apprentices and workers on board to help.

Lee Berry, Director at Berry & Escott said: “Achieving Tier One status on Europe’s largest construction site is an outstanding achievement for our company and we are truly thankful to every member of the team that makes us who we are.”

Perhaps the highlight of all the top-of-the range training tech being built by Berry & Escott includes a “flow loop simulator” - a replica of key systems found across the site, including tanks, pipework, and pumps.

The simulator will be used to replicate real-life scenarios at the power station once operational, as well as allowing trainees to become familiar with the equipment in a safe environment.

Chris Escott, also a Director at Berry & Escott said: “We are tremendously proud of being a leading supplier of training simulators to the nuclear industry, it’s great to know that future nuclear engineers will be using equipment we design as part of their training at Hinkley Point C and furthers our close supplier relationship with EDF.”

Chris Quinn, Supply Chain Director at Hinkley Point C said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Berry & Escott as a Tier One contractor. It is a testament to the company’s hard work, dedication, and innovation.  

"Bridgwater is booming and it is local companies like Berry and Escott that will carry forward Hinkley Point C’s positive economic legacy more many years to come.”