Innovative and mundane

Base for second unit Hinkley Point C completed on schedule

Workers building the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in southwest England have completed on schedule the 49,000-tonne base for the second Generation III EPR unit under construction at the site.

The final concrete pour of 8,991m3 set a new UK record for a single, continuous pour. It surpasses by 37m3 the previous record during construction of the base for Hinkley Point C’s first unit in June 2019.

EDF Energy said completion of the base meets a target date set more than four years ago. The work was completed by teams who have had to adapt to new working conditions dictated by the coronavirus pandemic, with work concentrated the most critical areas of construction.