HPC News Update – June 2023

First permanent electrical equipment installed

The first piece of permanent electrical equipment has been installed in the electrical building that will help distribute electricity across the power station during commissioning and operation. Manufactured by Schneider Electric, they have been designed, manufactured and tested over a six-year programme to meet stringent nuclear-safety standards. The 10kV switchboards help distribute electrical power to essential equipment such as the reactor coolant pumps. The installation means work can begin on commissioning the rest of the plant’s electrical infrastructure.

New module in operational service centre

Bylor has installed the first mechanical, electrical and plumbing module into the operational

service centre. The module contains cables, pipes and ventilation ducts. The module was prefabricated by Bylor’s contractor, Crown House Technologies, based in Oldbury.

Significant concrete pour in turbine hall

A small but highly significant concrete pour has been completed in the Unit 1 turbine hall – the first pour at the 16.6m level. This means work can start on the upper steelwork and roof and also creates space so that Bylor can build the plinths where the condenser will sit. The condenser is scheduled to be the first work front for GE Power when the team officially mobilises in the turbine hall to install major equipment such as Arabelle, the world’s largest steam turbine.

Taken from The Point June 2023

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