Hinkley Point C: The numbers behind the new nuclear power station. Energy giant EDF has revealed details of the progress in building the first new nuclear power station in a generation. Around 1,600 workers are now on the Hinkley Point C site in Somerset, the first concrete has been poured for the tunnels and three million cubic metres of earth has been moved. EDF said three million tonnes of concrete and 230,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement will be used in the construction of the £18 billion project.
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Construction has begun of the first permanent structures at the Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset, marking an important step towards Britain’s first new nuclear plant since the 1990s. EDF, the French utility leading the £18bn project, said it had started pouring concrete after receiving its first go-ahead for construction work from Britain’s nuclear regulator. Preparatory work has been under way at the site since Theresa May, prime minister, gave her blessing to the project last September but this week’s activity represents the beginning of a new phase of more critical construction. Mike Finnerty, deputy chief inspector for the Office for Nuclear Regulation, said his agency’s approval for EDF to start building a network of tunnels to carry cabling and piping was “a key regulatory milestone”. Construction at Hinkley will last eight years if a target is met to be producing electricity from its two reactors by 2025. Similar projects involving EDF’s European Pressurised Reactor in France and Finland have been beset by delays and cost overruns. About 1,600 people are already working at the site and 3 million cubic metres of earth has been moved in preparation for what will be one of Europe’s biggest construction projects. Work is also under way on a jetty to which much of the construction material will be delivered by ship, a seawall to protect the site from the sea and on-site accommodation blocks for hundreds of worke rs.
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EDF Energy Chief Executive Vincent de Rivaz says there will be “no impact” on its nuclear project Hinkley Point C in Britain from issues at Areva’s Le Creusot factory in France. He said the reactor vessel for the plant will be made “at right place and right time”, declining to give further details. De Rivaz said EDF Energy is “ticking all the boxes” in terms of safety and environmental compliance for the project. An internal document by Britain’s Office for Nuclear Regulation seen by Reuters last week warned about the implications for the Hinkley Point C project as it said the Creusot Forge’s nuclear safety culture fell short of expectations.
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