More than £650m worth of nuclear contracts have been awarded to East of England companies for a nuclear power plant project which is set to provide the template for Sizewell C, it has been revealed. Some of the region’s contracts working on Hinkley Point C in Somerset – where building work is moving on apace – are also involved in early work on the Leiston scheme, which is at a much earlier stage of development. Among the firms in the region involved in the Hinkley supply chain are Ipswich-based law firm Birketts and Colchester water filtration company Ovivo, both of which have also been appointed to the proposed Sizewell C project, said energy firm EDF. The biggest Hinkley contract secured in the region is with Kier BAM, based at Sandy in Bedfordshire, which is carrying out £500m worth of earthworks. The remainder of the £150m worth of contracts are spread across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex firms. The most significant spend on Sizewell C has been with companies supporting the investigative work on the project such as Lowestoft marine surveyors Cefas, but as the project progresses, contracts are now being awarded for early enabling work such as with Ovivo. Birketts will work alongside Thetford-based Dalcour Maclaren, which were appointed by Sizewell C earlier this year, to work with local landowners. It will also support contract management for early site preparation work.
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