Wincanton, the largest British logistics provider, has won a contract with EDF Energy to provide warehouse and transport services for the construction of Hinkley Point C in Somerset – the first new nuclear power station in the UK for a generation.
Over the life of its 10-year construction, the project will create over 25,000 new job opportunities and will eventually provide 7% of the UK’s electricity.
Wincanton will provide storage, handling, asset tracking and transportation for incoming materials to the Hinkley Point C project, from warehouse locations both on and off site. Wincanton’s role will be to manage surety of supply across many thousands of product lines and facilitate a three-month buffer stock.
Using the latest release of Manhattan Associates’ Warehouse Management Solution, Wincanton will be able to effectively execute on all warehouse operations spanning multiple sites and involving hundreds of thousands of individual stock-keeping units (SKUs) and numerous suppliers.
Wincanton won the contract following a competitive tender process involving 25 companies. The deal incorporates Wincanton’s core Construction Logistics Services proposition and draws on experience of projects such as Crossrail and the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.
Ranald Forbes, Director of Construction at Wincanton, said: “We are thrilled to be working on such a significant project. We will be delivering against our core set of propositions which offer our clients a dynamic and flexible approach solution which, over this 10-year project, will be instrumental to the success of the nuclear build at Hinkley.”
Robert Evans, Storage Manager at Hinkley Point C, added: “We were looking for a long term partner to support our vast and complex logistics needs. We needed a supplier with expertise, experience and the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the project. We were also looking to work with a business rooted in the South West, employing people in the region. Wincanton fit the bill in all respects.”