27, 2018 New
photos show progress at Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea
years after the Hinkley Point C project near Burnham-On-Sea fully
launched, the scale of construction and progress has been revealed
by the release of new photographs of the building work this week.
than 3,200 people are at work building the new nuclear power station
and this project is on track for its next major milestone in 2019
the completion of the 4,500 tonne concrete platform on which
the reactor buildings sit.
significant moment for the project is known as 'J-0' and has been
underpinned by the successful completion of the final design for
project is also setting its sights further ahead with preparation
for the MEH phase (Mechanical, Electrical and HVAC - heating, ventilation
and air conditioning).
week, four major UK contractors signed the 'MEH Alliance' to work
together on the complex installation of cabling and pipework in
the power stations 2,500 rooms.
innovative approach means that Altrad, Balfour Beatty Bailey, Cavendish
Nuclear and Doosan Babcock will pool their expertise to work as
a single entity. The alliance aims to create new industrial capacity
and jobs by manufacturing specialist pipework in Britain.
construction at Hinkley Point C got underway after EDF, its Chinese
partner CGN, and the UK Government, signed final contracts in September
2016. The power station will supply the UK with reliable low carbon
electricity to meet 7% of the countrys needs. The project
is mobilised for an objective of initial delivery for unit 1 at
the end of 2025.
is advancing on reactor one with completion of its pre-stressing
gallery: this structure sits below the reactor unit and will help
to strengthen the main reactor building. Work on reactor two has
dig is complete for Unit 1: this vast excavation is 21m below
sea level and will contain the 54m tall water pumping station.
metres of underground concrete galleries are ready: these are the
channels to house cables and pipes.
production has already topped 200,000 cubic metres and. 5.3 million
cubic metres of earth have been moved.
will be completed this year on the 760m sea wall. At 13.5m tall,
it has been designed to cope with rising sea levels for the plants
Jetty, pictured here, has been built to import aggregates by sea,
to try and minimize the environmental impact of construction.
first accommodation campus opened on schedule with 510 beds, a restaurant
and gym. Using innovative pre-fabrication techniques, it was installed
in just 8 months.
of contracts have been awarded with £1.3bn in the South-West
and 64% of the project value is being built with UK firms.
of 1,000 apprentices have been hired and 400 schools have taken
part in education events.
Point C Managing Director Stuart Crooks told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Everyone working on the project should be proud of what they
have achieved so far. Unions, contractors and suppliers are successfully
working together with a complete focus on quality and safety."
and experience from other projects is helping us boost productivity
and get ready for the next stages. I am also proud of the positive
impact that Hinkley Point C is having on the South-West. We are
determined to create a positive legacy here for people, communities,
jobs and skills.
Energy Minister Richard Harrington added this week: "Hinkley
Point C marks a significant step forward in our transition to a
clean, low-carbon energy system, powering nearly six million homes
for around 60 years while helping us meet our climate change commitments."
project is making good progress and is on track to meet its next
major milestone, creating more than 25,000 job opportunities. Nuclear
has an important role to play in the UKs energy future. The
Government demonstrated its commitment to new nuclear through the
Industrial Strategy Nuclear Sector Deal and commissioning Hinkley
Point C the first new nuclear power station in a generation."
Energy CEO Simone Rossi adds: "Hinkley Point C is making good
progress and we are determined to honour the trust put in us to
build it. Now the nuclear industry has been restarted, there is
a unique opportunity to reduce costs for a follow-on project at
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