Nuclear engineering centre set up to support Hinkley and Sizewell. EDF Energy has announced plans to set up an engineering centre in Bristol to support its work at Hinkley Point and Sizewell nuclear power stations.
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Our experience at Hinkley Point C will give a big advantage to Sizewell C, says Stuart Crooks, Managing Director of Hinkley Point C. It’s a little over 3 years since we began full construction at Hinkley Point C and every milestone we set ourselves in 2016 has been met. There is a fantastic, positive culture on site where we put safety above everything else. Our path to begin operating in 2025 is on plan and our schedule has not changed. But we have been open about the risks and in September this year we said the possibility of a 15-month delay for the first of the two nuclear reactors we are building had increased. We don’t kid ourselves that what we are doing is easy and we don’t depend on optimism to carry us through. We work to overcome risk and are honest about challenges. We will be open with shareholders, stakeholders and the public. In September, we also said that we spent more money than planned to deliver our milestones. Some of that was due to geology being more challenging than anticipated, meaning we had to do more work to stabilise the ground and to make working conditions safe. That is behind us now and earthworks are finished. We also said that some of the work to adapt the EPR reactor design for conditions in the UK would lead to greater costs. As that UK–approved design is finalised in detail we have a much more precise view of costs in time and materials. All of that design in detail is going to be handed over to Sizewell C, the next nuclear power station which we hope to build in Suffolk. It will give them a very significant advantage and a clear idea of costs and schedule. It’s an advantage because Sizewell C will be an almost exact replica of Hinkley Point C. We know that replication is the best way to reduce risk for UK nuclear new build. We want to build a plant so identical that an operator at Hinkley could walk in the door at Sizewell C and sit in an identical control room, operating identical systems, feeling right at home.
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