Ambassador visits Hinkley Point C construction site

Sylvie Bermann sees work on the two nuclear reactors, during a tour of south-west England in which she also visits Bath University, a factory in Frome and a start-up incubator in Bristol.

On 4 and 5 April, Ambassador Sylvie Bermann visited the construction site of the two EPR nuclear reactors being built by EDF Energy at Hinkley Point. The visit, organized by EDF Energy’s CEO, Vincent de Rivaz, provided an opportunity for the Ambassador to see the work in its early stages. The Managing Director of the French Chamber of Commerce and several foreign trade counsellors were present. Sylvie Bermann also visited EDF Energy’s command centre in Bristol and the Cannington Court campus, where employees working at Hinkley Point are trained and where she met several representative of the local authorities directly involved in the project.

Sylvie Bermann took the opportunity of her trip to south-west England to visit the Andros UK factory in Frome, not far from Bristol. A French subsidiary of the group of the same name, Andros UK employs 200 people in the UK and supplies desserts to all the main distributors and the catering industry. The Ambassador then went to Bath, where she spoke to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and a group of professors and students. The University of Bath has close relations with several French universities. In Bristol, the Ambassador met French entrepreneurs at the start-up incubator Engine Shed and visited the Museum and Art Gallery, which cooperates with Bordeaux under the twinning scheme between the two cities.

Hinkley Point C – background

On 29 September 2016, EDF signed with the British government and its partner CGN the contracts for the construction of two EPRs at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The signature marked the revitalization of new nuclear in Britain and Europe. The project will benefit the whole French and British nuclear industry, create 25,000 jobs on the site during construction and provide many opportunities for local and national businesses.

Published on 20/04/2017

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