Work on the construction of a major new power line between Avonmouth and Bridgwater is being reviewed following Government guidance during the coronavirus outbreak. National Grid started work on the new 37-mile power line, which will cross large swathes of the North Somerset countryside, earlier this year. The 400,000 volt line is needed to bring electricity onto the transmission network and is being built as part of the new Hinkley C power station.
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Nuclear: work continues at the Hinkley Point site. Despite the containment linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, work on the EDF power plant in England has not been stopped. The number of workers has been reduced from 4,000 to 2,000. Nuclear: work continues at the Hinkley Point site Despite the containment linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, work on the EDF power plant in England has not been stopped. The number of workers has been reduced from 4,000 to 2,000. During the Covid-19 pandemic, work on the Hinkley Point C site continued. The new EPR nuclear power plant, built by EDF in the south-west of England, is considered to be an “essential national infrastructure project” by the British government. As such, the continuation of the site is authorized. The number of workers has however been significantly reduced, from 4,000 people on site to 2,000 “in the coming days” , according to EDF. “It is not enough,” worries a worker present on the site, who testifies to Le Monde on condition of anonymity. Employed for over a year at Hinkley Point C, he asked for its complete closure. Unlike France, there is no “right of withdrawal” in the United Kingdom. To benefit from the partial unemployment measures, which guarantee 80% of wages during the health crisis, the employer would have to order the cessation of work. This worker therefore continues to exercise his fear in the stomach, especially since several of his colleagues with symptoms due to SARS-CoV-2 have isolated themselves voluntarily. “EDF has taken measures,” he says, ” but it is impossible to really keep the social distance of two meters. We live in the same prefab, we eat in the same canteen three times a day, we take the same bus to go to the site and back… ” “Nobody respects the distance measurements while waiting for the bus,” laments the worker. Inside the vehicle, only one person is seated every two places, which is progress. “But I still have someone right in front and someone right behind. There were people coughing in the vehicle.” continues the same person. On arrival at the site, the measures are more effective. Markings on the ground impose the necessary distance in the queue before crossing the security gates. But then you have to change into changing rooms with hundreds of metal lockers lined up.
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