concrete poured at Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea
first concrete has been poured in the construction of Britain's
first new nuclear power plant in more than 20 years.
has now begun on Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea, including
the building of tunnels to carry cabling and pipes.
1,600 workers are now onsite to work on the £18bn project,
which is due to begin producing power in 2025.
the concrete was a "significant milestone", project director
Philippe Bordarier said.
to build the first of 50 huge tower cranes at the site along with
accommodation for workers has also started.
Point C Project Director, Philippe Bordarier said: "Pouring
the concrete for the first permanent structure of HPC is a significant
milestone. It is the outcome of many years of preparation and hard
work from all our teams and supply chain across the UK and France."
demonstrates our ability to undertake the serious responsibility
of nuclear power plant construction. Whilst we reflect on this great
achievement we will continue to look for opportunities to improve,
learn and teach others, embracing the values of the HPC project.
Point C will provide 25,000 job opportunities and 1,000 apprenticeships
with many of the jobs going to people living in Somerset, says EDF.
64% of the project spend going to the UK, HPC is already delivering
significant benefits to the economy in the South West and other
parts of the country. £435m of contracts have been signed
so far with businesses in the region.
power station is a vital part of the UKs low carbon energy
future and will provide enough reliable electricity to meet 7% of
the UKs future electricity needs.