Delivery Partners for the Hinkley Supply Chain Team
August 2018

New figures released by the Government show that companies in the South West have now won contracts worth more than £1.3 billion for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. The updated totals show that £650m has already been spent within the region.

Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C Delivery Director, said: “South West firms have worked hard to win contracts and meet the high standards of safety, quality and efficiency required on this project. They have been real pioneers and shown ambition and determination. Their experience provides a lesson for other regions to follow.”

The engagement with the South West suppliers arises from both existing contractor supplier relationships and the work of the Hinkley Supply Chain Team jointly funded by EDF Energy, Heart of the South West LEP, West of England combined authority, the Welsh Government and some of the Tier 1 contractors.

Click here for details of some of the businesses awarded contracts.

Much of the engagement so far has been focused on services, earthworks and early civil construction. The Hinkley Supply Chain Team is now progressing more of the manufacturing requirements as the project presents its mechanical and electrical contract opportunities.

Chris Langdon
Hinkley Supply Chain Team Project Lead
Project News:
Nuclear Island Foundations:
Work continues on the nuclear island foundations for unit one and the first deep excavation for the cooling water systems for unit one was completed and the area handed over this month. This allows the civil construction of the cooling water pump house to start.

With over 3200 people working on site, ensuring the worker facilities are in place has been essential. In June, the on-site accommodation campus opened and is now providing great facilities for up to 510 workers. The second campus in Bridgwater is due to open in the autumn. All of the three main office & welfare buildings are now open and operating, providing world class facilities to the ever growing workforce.  

Over the next few months the project has several key targets and these include:

o   Start of construction of the Pump House
o   Concrete pours for Unit 1 Nuclear Island foundations
o   Completion of the 900 metre sea wall
o   On shore cooling water pipe installation
o   Completion of the aggregate jetty construction

The project continues to be very active in developing skills and creating a culture of inclusion. Recruiting and developing the best people from the widest possible pool of talent will only be possible if the project creates an inclusive environment where people feel respected, supported and motivated to do their best work and where individuality is valued and everyone is encouraged to embrace it.

The overall safety performance of the project is looking good when compared with other large infrastructure projects. Nevertheless the site team continues to promote and reinforce the HPC “zero harm” policy through training, awareness briefings, coaching and taking actions to address issues and concerns.     
World Nuclear Exhibition 2018 :
The last week of June saw the World Nuclear Exhibition being held in Paris. The exhibition brought together over 500 exhibitors and an estimated 15,000 attendees from across the globe. The conference represents a great way for companies to understand the nuclear market and make contacts which can help them grow their business. As part of the UK Pavilion, Nuclear South West were represented through the Hinkley Supply Chain Programme, National College for Nuclear, SW Nuclear Hub as well as companies like SEIC tenant SC Innovation.

It was amazing to see the breadth of capabilities across the nuclear sector and how proactive the international competition are in marketing and promoting their capabilities. Many companies believe they are competing with each other within the South West region. I am not sure this is the case, my take away was that often we are competing with international supply chains rather than local companies. It was interesting to see the number of new collaborations and partnerships being formed on component supply and support services throughout the course of the event.

There were some common themes that companies were presenting around:

  • Partnership & Collaboration – particularly international collaborators working with local providers

  • Innovation – the WNE award winning companies highlighted strong evidence of innovation linked to safety improvement, life extension and cost reduction

  • Demonstrated Capabilities – in a risk averse market such as Nuclear companies were highlighting proven capabilities
It was fantastic to see the team presenting on the UK Pavilion and the French Pavilion some of the work that has been carried out to support local companies to develop partnerships and win contracts. The feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive and provides an opportunity to follow up on new partnerships and opportunities with over 100 international companies who made enquiries through the course of the 3 day exhibition.

Nick Golding
Hinkley Supply Chain Programme Director
Supplier Case Study:
" We’re thrilled to have supported such a high-profile project

For many, the kudos that comes with being attached to the Hinkley Point C project and its suppliers delivers far reaching benefits underpinning their business development aspirations.

Yeovil-based IT solutions provider CETSAT has enjoyed steady growth since it was founded in 2001, and even opened a London office 10 years ago in order to properly service its burgeoning client base in the capital.
To read more click here
"Put in the groundwork for success"

For Bridgwater-based MMES the path to success at HPC hasn’t always been plain sailing, and is an important lesson in persevering to achieve your goals.

MMES, or Mike Morgan Electrical Services, has served Somerset and South West customers since 1989, delivering high quality electrical, plumbing, gas heating and renewables services.
When construction started at HPC, MMES picked up some work on the associated developments surrounding the main site, including the traffic control system around Bridgwater, installing power supplies as well as doing inspections and testing on new roadside cameras.

However, MMES’s first attempt to win major contracts at HPC, focusing on the FM (facilities management) opportunities on site, was unsuccessful. Despite valiantly attempting a successful regional collaborative solution to source the demands of the contract, EDF Energy had no option but to select a national provider for this contract.
Although initially a blow for the company, their interest had nevertheless put them on the radar of other organisations and businesses linked to HPC.

Calling South West businesses who have won Hinkley Point C contracts :
Has your company won an HPC contract and would you like to tell us your good news? Email us and we can share your success in a future newsletter .
Supply Chain Spend Analysis – Have you completed your HPC-LM3 online return?
EDF Energy are using the HPC-LM3online reporting tool to capture Tier 2 supply chain spend and its benefits.

Several Tier 1 contractors are now submitting data along with details of their supply chain. If you receive a request from your Tier 1 client, via the HPC-LM3 online system, to provide details on your spend profile, please respond to it. EDF Energy is using the data you provide to illustrate the benefits arising from the project to National Government.

The results also help us to promote local and regional businesses and will provide hard evidence to funding stakeholders of the need to continue to support business development in the region. Responding to the request is very simple and takes just a few minutes. Please help us to help you
Hinkley Supply Chain Events:
Past events write-up:
Balfour Beatty Bailey JV Potential Supplier Day  
The Hinkley Supply Chain team and a selection of regional suppliers were recently invited to attend the Balfour Beatty Bailey JV Potential Supplier Day in Bristol.
The event offered a great opportunity for potential partners to engage with members of the procurement team, find out more about supply chain expectations, as well as take in a variety of presentations on key project topics, such as:

  • The packages of work available to the supply chain
  • PQQ/tender information and the Joint Venture's expectations
  • Timeline of works
  • Procurement process overview
  • Nuclear safety culture
  • Counterfeit, fraudulent and suspect items (CFSI)
Chris Langdon and Jamie Driver were amongst the presenters at the successful event, speaking to the 170 attendees from a variety of regional, national and international companies. Chris and Jamie addressed the expectations around engaging with suppliers from the South West and South Wales. The aim was to help them understand how to access the information the Hinkley Supply Chain Team holds on companies eager to engage.
It was great to be invited to participate in the event and a positive sign that tier one contractors recognise and understand regional engagement expectations and are making their intentions clear. We’re looking forward to building lasting relationships with our supply chain partners.
The Balfour Beatty Bailey JV was formed in 2012, bringing together two of the leading specialists in nuclear new build – Balfour Beatty and NG Bailey – offering customers an unrivalled blend of sector skills and expertise.
Routes to Market
The pilot workshop for Routes to Market was launched at the SEIC on Tuesday 24 th July. This interactive workshop, delivered by Chris Langdon and Sam Evans, provided the delegates with an overview of the nuclear sector culture and the structure of the contract landscape at HPC. There was a good balance of information shared amongst delegates and some excellent group participation.

Feedback has been very positive, one delegate claiming that he now has some “clear objectives and direction” for his company’s approach to HPC. The workshop will be run again as part of the Hinkley Supply Chain Workshop Delivery Programme.
Featured forthcoming event:
Hinkley Point C is well underway, yet there continue to be huge opportunities for businesses as part of the project and across the nuclear industry.
Don’t miss your chance to hear all the latest updates both regionally and from a global perspective, at the  Nuclear South West and South West Nuclear Hub’s Annual Conference  in Bristol on 19 September.
With international links and a theme of collaboration, it is an opportunity not to be missed by any organisation interested in the nuclear industry in the South West of England and beyond. The conference will offer you the opportunity to connect with regional and international businesses through industry matchmaking, project updates, case studies and conference dinner. Keynotes speeches will be delivered by:
  • Lord Hutton, chair of the Nuclear Industry Council, who will give a detailed overview of the state of affairs nationally
  • Ian Truman, part of the Nuclear Association Brexit Working Group who will share his specialised knowledge on this topic
  • David Eccles, EDF Energy, will talk about the Hinkley Point C’s project
For more information and to register click here
Forthcoming events
  • Defining SQEP within your Business – 21/08/18 @ Leigh Court Business Centre, Bristol Click here to book
  • HPC Supplier Induction Programme - The next cohort begins on Thursday 6/9/18 @ The SEIC, Bridgwater Click here to book

  • Pre-Qualification: Best Practice – 13/09/18 @ Leigh Court Business Centre, Bristol Click here to book
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