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Workers building the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station have completed the 49,000-tonne base for the station’s second reactor on schedule - meeting a target date set more than four years ago.
The final concrete pour of 8,991m3 set a new UK record for a single, continuous pour. It surpasses by 37m3 the previous record during construction of the base for Hinkley Point C's first unit in June 2019.
The power station in Somerset will produce reliable low carbon electricity and – alongside renewable power - will help Britain move to a future without polluting fossil fuels.
This major milestone in nuclear construction was completed by teams who have had to adapt to new Coronavirus working conditions. Their achievement, known as “J-zero”, comes less than a year after the completion of the first reactor’s base in June 2019. It is the second major goal in 2020 and the successful completion of both follows the achievement of all the project goals in 2019. The date for achieving J-zero on Unit 2 was set more than four years, before the final investment decision was taken.
Completion of the second reactor base also benefited from experience gained on the first identical unit – which has led to significant increases in productivity through steps such as increased use of prefabrication. This will benefit the proposed follow-on project at Sizewell C in Suffolk.
Hinkley Point C Managing Director Stuart Crooks said: “I want to thank workers and our union partners for their extraordinary efforts to make safe working possible during the pandemic. They have adapted to major changes in everyday behaviours and working practices which would have been unimaginable a few months ago. The commitment of our specialist suppliers across the UK and in Europe has also been instrumental in helping us safely achieve this major milestone. And we must never forget the duty of care we owe to our community, whose on-going support is vital to the success of our Project.”
The Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power plant developed by Electricite de France (EDF) in Somerset is the UK’s first new nuclear plant in more than 20 years. The power station site will be spread over 175ha on Somerset’s north coast on Bridgwater bay, lying adjacent to the Hinkley Point A and B plants. It will be the first nuclear plant to store the spent nuclear waste on site.
(Source and image: EDF Energy)
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