Combwich Wharf

Four huge tanks for use at the Hinkley Point C building site have arrived by sea – sailing past Burnham-On-Sea – to Combwich Wharf.

The tanks are a part of the design for the diesel generators and formed the first piece of permanent equipment to arrive at Hinkley Point C via Combwich Wharf.

Constructed in a factory in the Czech Republic, the tanks set off on their journey by a combination of sea and road to arrive at their final destination, Hinkley Point C. Along the way, the tanks passed through Slovakia, Bratislava and Rotterdam.

The marine leg of the journey was undertaken by Osprey – a specialist logistics business based in Portishead near Bristol.

As each tank is 6.5m in diameter and 10m long, the final leg of their journey involved being carefully delivered under escort between the village of Combwich and Hinkley Point C site.

The diesel generators are just one of the many safety features built into the design of the power station’s nuclear reactors.

Once commissioned, Hinkley Point C will supply power to the National Grid, and the generators are a back-up measure to ensure that, if required, the station can supply its own power.

Ed Simmons, HPC Project Manager for the equipment team, added: “The team has spent three years working on the design stage for the diesels equipment so it was a very exciting moment to see the first bit of kit arrive on site.”

“I felt like an expectant father, and am proud to welcome the generators to their permanent home.”

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