There’s been plenty of speculation about the future of Hinkley Point, the nuclear power project by EDF Energy. However, the most recent news is some 200,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel involved in the building of the project will be supplied by Express Reinforcements (ERL), using steel produced by Celsa Steel in Cardiff.
The order from EDF Energy to Express Reinforcements is said to be worth £100 million.
EDF Energy boss Vincent de Rivaz is calling on the government to go ahead with Hinkley after confirming the final decision on the project has been delayed.
GMB, the union for workers in the steel industry, has welcomed EDF’s announcement that Express Reinforcements is the preferred bidder for the 200,000 tonne order of steel for Hinkley Point C.
This is great news for the Welsh economy, especially when you consider the news earlier in the year regarding the closure of Tata steelworks in Port Talbot where 15,000 jobs are at risk.