Mar 31, 2017

First concrete poured at Hinkley C nuclear power plant

Work has now begun on Hinkley Point C in Somerset, including the building of tunnels to carry cabling and pipes. About 1,600 workers are now onsite to work on the £18bn project, which is due to begin producing power in 2025. Other progress announced by EDF Energy, which is behind the scheme, includes beginning work on a 500m temporary jetty in the Bristol Channel. A store is also being built to contain 57,000 tones of aggregate, which can be brought in by sea rather than by road. Work to build the first of 50 huge tower cranes at the site along with accommodation for workers has also started. EDF said the plant will provide 25,000 job opportunities and 1,000 apprenticeships, with over 5,600 people working on the site during core construction.

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