REBECCA POW MP for Taunton Deane: My recent fact-finding included a visit to the remarkable Hinkley Point C. Covering 176 hectares, with 400kms of pipework and a phenomenal 4,000 people working there day and night, this is the largest development in Europe. It prides itself on its safety standards and attention to the workforce and has already contributed £980m to the SW economy. It’s on track to start producing electricity in 2025 and will ultimately contribute 7 per cent of our energy requirements. While Government is rightly committed to increasing energy from renewables, nuclear will still be an important part of the mix. This nuclear hub has spawned much more. With EDF and Government support, a whole new generation is being trained in the essential skills, with spin offs for many other businesses. Students are coming from across the nation as well as from local schools for the degree apprenticeship and Level 3 courses at the state of the art National College for Nuclear based at Bridgwater and Taunton College’s Cannington campus.
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