Jim Crawford, EDF Energy
EDF Energy and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce are excited to be joint sponsors once again of the Business of the Year category of the East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards. This category is a great it for us as we are two organisations which are regularly out and about meeting businesses in the county.
In the East of England, EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 550 staff and 250 contracting partners and the company has completed Stage Two consultation for Sizewell C which would be capable of supplying power to some 6 million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational.
EDF Energy and China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), long-term industrial partners, are working together in the UK to build Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset and to develop Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex.
EDF Energy’s investment in its nuclear stations has helped them deliver a remarkable performance. Last year at Sizewell we achieved a UK nuclear industry record for any one station with 100% availability delivering 10.5TWh of electricity – that’s enough to power 2.6m homes for a year.
During the most recent refueling and maintenance work at Sizewell B dozens of UK companies were awarded contracts. In this region, companies such as Tecflo in Great Yarmouth, J.T. Pegg & Sons in Aldeburgh and LEC Marine in Lowestoft, once again joined Sizewell B employees to complete work at the power station.
As well as generating enough power to serve some 2.5m homes the company also provides gas and electricity to 270,000 customers in this region with over half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use.
EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence, Morrisons and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust right here in the East of England.
Any business keen to register their interest in the Sizewell C project should contact www.sizewellcsupplychain.co.uk.