EDF Energy said this week that construction of the second reactor at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant had passed a major milestone with the lifting of the first part of the massive steel containment liner. The component was lifted by the world’s largest crane Big Carl, nine months after the same lift for the first reactor. Construction of the 170-tonne “liner cup” was 30% quicker at unit 2 than for the same activity at unit 1. The liner cup is the base for the reactor’s steel containment which is being prefabricated in five parts and lifted into place by Big Carl. This means welding can take place in covered bunkers protected from weather, helping to improve quality and efficiency, EDF Energy said.
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