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  1. Hinkley Point C hits it’s biggest milestone yet

    June 28, 2019

    Hinkley Point C has hit its biggest milestone yet on schedule. The completion of the base for the first reactor, known as “J-zero”, means that the construction of the nuclear buildings above ground can now begin in earnest.

    The final 9,000m³ of concrete was the largest concrete pour in the UK, beating a record set by the Shard in London.  Reinforced with 5,000 tonnes of Welsh steel, the base has been under construction by the UK-French joint venture of Bouygues-Laing O’Rourke for six months.

    The event is due to be marked by a visit from the minister responsible for nuclear energy, Andrew Stephenson MP, who will see the construction site today (Friday June 28) and meet apprentices at the National College for Nuclear.

    Good progress and efficiency improvements means that the second Hinkley Point C reactor will hit its own J-zero moment in June 2020.

    Final contracts have now been signed for an innovative joint venture to install the pipes and cables at the power station. The MEH (mechanical, electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning) Joint Venture (JV) brings UK contractors Balfour Beatty, Cavendish, Altrad and Doosan together to share expertise and incentivise collaboration and efficiency. The JV was influenced by the success of a single organisation carrying out this complex work during construction at Taishan, the EPR nuclear power station operating in China.

    Pipework will be made by Bilfinger, in Immingham, at a modernised facility which will boost UK industrial capacity in this highly-specialised area.

    Hinkley Point C is working to tackle the UK skills shortage in welding by working with the MEH JV, the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, the Weldability Foundation, South West Institute of Technology and Bridgwater & Taunton College, to develop a new welding centre of excellence in Bridgwater.

    Making use of EDF Energy’s £4.5 million investment at the college, the centre will train and qualify the UK’s next generation of welders, benefitting people and industries across the South-West. With the ambition to provide 350-500 welding NVQ qualifications per year, the initiative shows nuclear’s ability to create a positive impact for UK skills.

    Hinkley Point C’s reliable low carbon electricity will play a vital role in helping the UK tackle the climate change crisis. With a large expansion of renewables, it will make “net zero” emissions possible and help the UK have an affordable and secure electricity supply.  Innovation and the transfer of design, skills and experience from Hinkley Point C means the proposed near-identical project at Sizewell C can be significantly cheaper to build and finance, and that subsequent projects at Bradwell B and elsewhere will also benefit.

    The construction of the second of Hinkley Point C’s two units is well underway and is already showing the improved efficiency possible when an identical design is repeated. The 12 months separation offers maximum efficiency for the transfer of teams between units.

    • Almost 4,000 people are now working at Hinkley Point C. Half of them are from the local area
    • Forgings for the pressure vessel and steam generators are underway at Framatome in France and the world’s largest turbine is under construction at GE
    • The world’s largest crane – the Sarens SGC 250 – is taking shape on site to allow prefabrication of large parts of the nuclear buildings, which improves quality and saves time. This is an innovation informed by experience from previous EPR projects
    • £1.5bn of contracts have been awarded in the South-West and 64% of the project value is being spent with UK firms
    • 430 of 1,000 apprentices have been hired and 8,500 people have been trained and assessed at the specially built Construction Skills and Innovation Centre near the site

    Minister for Nuclear at the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, Andrew Stephenson said: “This is a huge achievement for Hinkley Point C and a major milestone for the UK’s nuclear new-build industry, which – as a low-carbon electricity source -is key to meeting our ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2050.

    “The project will not only power nearly six million homes, it will add an enormous boost to the local and national economy, delivering over 25,000 new jobs and securing long-term, well-paid employment – a key step in delivering clean growth as part of our modern Industrial Strategy.”

    Hinkley Point C Managing Director, Stuart Crooks said: “I am proud of the talent and achievement of our diverse UK workforce, our unions, our international supply chain and the design team in France. We are benefitting from direct experience from other EPR projects and a partner in CGN which understands the technology and the project

    EDF Energy CEO Simone Rossi said: “Hinkley Point C’s progress is good news for anyone concerned about the climate change crisis.  Its reliable low carbon power will be essential for a future with no unabated coal and gas and a large expansion of renewable power. The innovation at Hinkley Point C sets up the opportunity to reduce costs for consumers for a near identical power station at Sizewell C in Suffolk.”

    CGN UK CEO Zheng Dongshan said: “CGN is proud to play an integral part in the Hinkley Point C project as an industrial partner to EDF, bringing our experience from successfully developing the EPR at Taishan, in China.  The project paves the way for a full new nuclear programme that will include our proposal to build our HPR1000 reactor in the UK.”


  2. HPC News Update – June 2019

    June 17, 2019

    Balfour Beatty pour first nuclear concrete at Avonmouth

    The Balfour Beatty team poured the UK’s first nuclear concrete away from a nuclear site when they began work on one of the six 5,000 tonne reinforced concrete heads which will cap the cooling water tunnels under the Bristol Channel. In total, 38,000 segments for 6,000 complete rings are required in the build of the three cooling water tunnels.

    Kier BAM pushes ahead

    The Kier Bam team working on the preparations for the station’s cooling systems have completed more than 70% of the concrete blinding, while good progress has been made on the southern section of Unit 2 by the Deep Dig team. The wave return units are being installed on the Sea Wall and the stairs to the east and west of the wall are being constructed. Backfill work is continuing behind the wall.

    HPC up for a host of awards

    HPC has been nominated in seven categories at this year’s South West Built Environment Awards. The prestigious awards bring together organisations and projects in the local construction industry to celebrate the region’s best performers. The award ceremony takes place on 14 June in Bristol. The project is in the running for the People Development Award, Innovation Award and Offsite Project of the Year, among others. For more information, visit www.buildswawards.org.uk

    Centre of attention

    The Hinkley Point Visitor Centre, shared by both Hinkley Point B and Hinkley Point C welcomed its 100,000th guest. Located in Bridgwater’s Angel Place Shopping Centre, it’s a one-stop shop for anyone looking for information on EDF Energy activities across Somerset and throughout the UK. You can also book guided tours of Hinkley Point B and C.



    Taken from The Point June 2019


  3. HPC News Update – May 2019

    May 21, 2019

    HPC is on track to reach J0 this summer

    J0 – or ‘Jalon Zero’ – is a French term meaning ‘milestone zero’. At HPC it refers to the point when work starts on building the nuclear power station’s structures above ground. HPC is on track to reach J0 this summer when the final concrete is poured for the Common Raft.

    The journey to J0has been a monumental effort. A total of 5.6 million m3 of rock was excavated for the Deep Dig and 9,800m3 of concrete has been poured to date. The Common Raft is the base of the Unit 1 reactor, made of reinforced concrete and ensures the stability of the Reactor Building, Safeguard Buildings and Fuel Buildings that all rest on it. It’s designed to withstand earthquakes, aircraft strikes and an explosion or fire.

    Handover of Unit 2 Nuclear Island

    T1 supplier Kier BAM have successfully achieved their latest milestone – the handover of reactor nit 2’s Nuclear Island to Bylor – HPC’s main civils contractor. Tom Moore, Kier BAM Deep Dig Construction Manager, said: “The Kier BAM and EDF Energy delivery teams have worked tirelessly to deliver these works safely and to an exceptionally high standard. We’ve used the lessons learnt and good practice from Unit 1, specifically the sequence of construction and handover process, to improve programme delivery.”

    Pump House takes shape

    Bylor has now successfully completed the five concrete rafts for reactor Unit 1’s Pump House – the building that will eventually be the focal point for all of the power stations cooling water systems. Although it stands 54m tall, the Pump House is buried 36m deep on three sides. It contains cooling water systems and supporting functions, such as filtration and ventilation.

    Clearing the way for National Grid substation

    Kier BAM has completed the handover of the area to the south of site that will eventually be the location of HPCs substation – allowing it to transfer its low carbon electricity to the grid. The completion of the platform will now allow National Grid to begin works on the Shurton Substation grid connection.

    Work begins on Combwich Wharf

    As the site jetty gets ready for commissioning, refurbishment is also beginning soon on the existing wharf at Combwich. When it’s complete later this next year, the improvements at Combwich Wharf will allow large loads to arrive by sea and then be transported the short distance around Combwich via a designated access road, to the C182 and then on to the HPC site. The revamped wharf will help reduce the impact on local roads and traffic.

  4. HPC Suppliers – Support Grant

    May 8, 2019

    Sedgemoor-based small or medium-sized business (SME) who work as part of the Hinkley Supply Chain or are registered to be considered for work at HPC could be eligible for a grant of up to £5,000.

    The grant scheme is designed to help SMEs meet or better fulfil the requirements of working as part of the Hinkley Supply Chain.

    To be eligible, businesses need to demonstrate they have a realistic chance of gaining a contract or have a contract already at Hinkley Point C. Grants could be used for things such as recruitment, new facilities, equipment or processes, research and development, accreditation and training.

    Other uses for the grant will be considered but only one application can be made per business will be accepted. Grants cannot be used to pay any staff members salary.

    To qualify, SMEs must:

    • Be an independent business and be registered in Sedgemoor
    • Employ fewer than 200 people
    • Have been operating for more than one year
    • Provide three quotes for purchases, unless purchasing a specialist product or service
    • Provide a full year’s accounts
    • Be registered on the Hinkley Supply Chain
    • Sedgemoor District Council is encouraging SMEs

    Interested business should complete a grant application form which will be assessed by a panel from Sedgemoor District Council. More information and the grant application form can be found online at: https://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/article/2271/Suppliers-Support-Grant.


  5. Somerset Chamber of Commerce – Hinkley Supply Chain Team Tier 1 and 2 engagement role

    April 16, 2019

    The construction of Hinkley Point C power station presents major contract opportunities for the South West supply chain. EDF Energy (NNB) has committed to utilise South West based local suppliers (service providers, manufacturers of components, sub-contractors) wherever practicable on the project. To facilitate this, EDF Energy has been working with the Somerset Chamber of Commerce and the Hinkley Supply Chain Team for several years identifying and engaging with South West supply chain opportunities arising from the Hinkley Point C Project.

    Role Overview

    The Hinkley Supply Chain Team (HSCT), a collaboration including the Somerset Chamber and EDF Energy, has managed the South West supplier registration portal (www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk) and associated activities since 2010. As part of this team the Somerset Chamber of Commerce is looking to engage the services of an experienced person to drive the engagement with main Tier 1 and 2 contractors on the HPC project in order to uncover work package opportunities for the SW supply chain. This role, probably circa 3 days a week, will be based within the Somerset Energy and Innovation Centre (SEIC) in Bridgwater.

     Roles & Responsibilities

    • Engaging with the Client (EDF Energy) commercial teams
    • Influence and deliver T1 and T2 engagement strategy / tactics to effectively uncover work package opportunity and scope early in order to  and succeed in getting SW suppliers engaged / wining contracts
    • Engage Tier 1 and Tier 2 procurement teams from director level to QS as required to explain HSCT and uncover work package opportunities
    • Interpret work package scope using own knowledge and experience  with limited information made available from main contractors
    • Guide / source suppliers with relevant capability for opportunity using HSCT systems / team
    • Provide guidance, skill, experience to support Project Lead
    • Assist with communicating work package opportunities to the supply chain


    • Attitude – Team First, Positive – Solutions
    • Strong relationship building at all levels (Directors to QS)
    • Enjoy working at coal face as well as some strategic
    • Happy to operate in support role not leading
    • Good communicator at all levels of team, written copy, presentation at workshops
    • Successful and working collaboratively


    • First hand knowledge of procurement practice in large construction / civil / large infrastructure
    • Commercial contract management (NEC 3 would be useful)
    • Supply Chain assessment / support / SME management


    • Needs to offer credible experience to Tier 1 and 2 contractors delivering £10 -100 million contracts at HPC
    • Senior procurement or business development experience in the Civil, Oil & Gas, Utilities or Engineering sectors
    • First hand experience in managing delivery, procurement or commercial contracts in relevant sectors

    Please send C.V. and covering letter to Sam.Evans@hinkleysupplychain.co.uk

    Closing date for applications – 30th April 2019.


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