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  1. Hinkley Professional Services Group Relaunch

    December 17, 2019

    A specialist group of legal, financial and management professionals dedicated to advising businesses trying to win work at Hinkley Point C (HPC) will be relaunching in the New Year with an updated website, new members profiles, case studies and a communications plan.

    As of 1 January 2020, the Hinkley Professional Services Group (PSG) will be officially relaunched and the group’s first event, a Business Advice Surgery, will take place later in the month on 28 January at the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre.

    Hinkley PSG members will be providing advice alongside representatives from the Hinkley Supply Chain. Places can be booked online via this link

    The concept of the Hinkley PSG was first suggested back in 2016, when EDF Energy and the Hinkley Supply Chain realised there was a need for a specialist professional service group of regional firms which could provide advice to businesses wishing to bid for work at or connected to HPC.

    HPC has always been more than just the construction of a power station, it has been a catalyst for meeting the Government’s ambition for low carbon energy alongside developing skills, improving productivity and fostering collaborative working.

    Collaboration has been championed by EDF Energy from the outset, with many joint ventures and consortia being formed to help deliver the project on time, on budget and to the right quality.

    So, in 2017 the Hinkley PSG consisting of law firms, accountancy practices, finance companies, finance brokers, human resources and project management specialists was formed. Over the following two years a number of those businesses in the PSG gained direct experience of advising businesses or consortia involved in the HPC project or developed relevant transferrable experience.

    During 2019, it was decided to review how the PSG was performing to ensure that it was still relevant to the Hinkley project and to inject new impetus, particularly as the project was moving to the next major phase of construction. Supported by the Hinkley Supply Chain, the terms of reference and membership was reviewed to ensure it was fit for purpose over the coming years.

    Following consultations with all founding PSG businesses, it was decided to re-structure through the creation of a board and revised objectives with all remaining PSG group members committed to share best practice through workshops, information sheets and initial free consultations. They would also financially support the PSG to create materials and organise events and be an active ambassador for future new nuclear energy projects.

    All members, as a pre-requisite, had to demonstrate they could provide advice for businesses going through various stages of contracts, including tender preparation, NEC3 and other contract negotiation, mobilisation and contract delivery. While some of the founding members had left the group, new members would be sought and welcomed based on expertise and commitment

    More information about the Hinkley PSG can be found online at www.proservgroup.co.uk


  2. HPC News Update – December 2019

    December 10, 2019

    Deep Dig team nearing the end

    After three years of work, Kier Bam’s deep dig team is close to completing its work on the initial site preparation work. The deep dig has been a central element of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Project since construction began and has allowed the start of the main civils works.

    The team began work in December 2016, having previously spent six months carrying out preliminary earthworks ahead of their main excavations.

    Neil Adams, deep dig section manager, said: “Highlights for us have been completing key goals along the way. Among them are getting to the bottom of the 35m-deep Unit 1 heat sink and completing the pre-stressing gallery for the Unit 1 nuclear island, which was key to the completing the foundations for the reactor itself.

    “Everyone is really proud of what we’ve achieved here”

    Bylor continues to make progress

    Bylor are making progress on a further set of weather-proof pre fabrication buildings. A new concrete structure close to the centre of the site gives the Bylor team a fully enclosed, weatherproof space where they can prefabricate components. To date, Bylor has installed 310 tonnes of rebar and poured more than 2,300m³ of concrete to build the building. A removable roof will cover the 23m-high structure when it’s complete.

    Final batching plant tested

    Bylor’s “Team Concrete” has been putting HPC’s fourth and final concrete batching plant through its paces since it went live in October.

    Cooling water system takes shape

    Socea Denys has completed the final level of the of the first phase of the CRF system, an important part of the cooling water intake structure.


  3. Research shows how Hinkley Point C is improving career prospects for Somerset youngsters

    November 28, 2019

    New independent research over five years has shown the positive impact of Hinkley Point C’s Inspire Education programme for young people in Somerset. The programme, that supports the construction of the UK’s first new nuclear power station for a generation delivers free activities, workshops, assemblies and events whilst supporting careers advice for young people across the County. The team behind it have visited almost 500 schools and colleges in the area, engaging with over 167,000 students since it began.

    The work by social analysts Sky Blue Research has found that:

    • More than 40% of the apprentices at Hinkley Point C who participated in the programme said Inspire had changed their career path for the better.

    • Half of the young people taking part in Inspire said they wanted to try harder in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

    • Interest in STEM careers such as engineering has risen by over 10% as a direct result of Inspire, helping to close nationally significant skills gaps.

    • Inspire has helped increase social mobility for those from less advantaged backgrounds. Hinkley Point C apprentices are more than twice as likely as the national average to have had free school meals as an example.

    • More than half of those given careers advice said they found it easier to find their way into the world of work.

    To read more, please click here.


  4. First delivery of permanent equipment for Hinkley Point C made via Combwich Wharf

    November 15, 2019

    Combwich Wharf has facilitated the delivery of four large tanks. The tanks are a part of the design for the diesel generators and formed the first piece of permanent equipment to arrive at Hinkley Point C via Combwich Wharf.

    Constructed in a factory in the Czech Republic, the tanks set off on their journey in mid-September, travelling by a combination of sea and road to arrive at their final destination, Hinkley Point C, at the end of October. Along the way, the tanks passed through Slovakia, Bratislava and Rotterdam.

    The marine leg of the journey was undertaken by Osprey – a specialist logistics business based in Portishead, Bristol. John O’Connor, Osprey’s Commercial Director, said: “Our team has been on site, on hand, and on board from start to finish. Getting the equipment delivered safely was our priority; getting the right people involved from the outset meant we were working in real partnership, all the way.”

    As each tank is 6.5m in diameter and 10m long, the final leg of their journey involved being carefully delivered under escort between the village of Combwich and Hinkley Point C site.

    To read more please click here.


  5. Hinkley Point C News Update – November 2019

    November 12, 2019

    Seawall completed at HPC

    The seawall structure is now complete end to end. It’s taken teamwork, innovation, working around high tides, strong winds and wintery heavy swells to complete it.

    The team often had to stagger their working hours to make progress within tidal windows. The logistics of working on a narrow platform with limited working room or laydown also presented challenges – this was solved by developing schemes for cranes to work on the foreshore and using ramps to aid access.

    Nigel Clarke, KierBAM Engineer, said: “I’ve been involved in the construction of the seawall from the start, when we were still working on the beach. It’s been one of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on during my career.”

    The seawall in numbers

    • Total volume of material excavated was 180,000m3
    • 50,000m3 of concrete poured
    • Largest single pour of 1,404m3
    • Total of 308 pre-cast wave return units installed

    Unit 1 Nuclear Island progress

    Good progress continues to be made on the first unit’s nuclear island structure, with the construction of the fuel handling building now well underway. The structure will comprise of 10 main levels and will house nuclear safety class systems and mechanical systems.

    The first concrete pour has been completed for one of the largest sections – a 30m-high, free-standing structure. Some 38 tonnes of rebar has been placed and more than 126m3 of concrete poured so far.  In total it will need 123 tonnes of rebar and 386m3 of concrete.

    Construction of the two independent emergency diesel buildings has also started, with 550 tonnes of rebar placed for slab one and 150 tonnes placed for slab two.


    Information

    • Hinkley Professional Services Group Relaunch

      A specialist group of legal, financial and management professionals dedicated to advising businesses trying to win work at Hinkley Point C (HPC) will be relaunching in the New Year with an updated website, new members profiles, case studies and a communications plan. As of 1 January 2020, the Hinkley Professional Read more →

    • HPC News Update – December 2019

      Deep Dig team nearing the end After three years of work, Kier Bam’s deep dig team is close to completing its work on the initial site preparation work. The deep dig has been a central element of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Project since construction began and has allowed the Read more →

    • Hinkley Point C News Update – October 2019

      Work starts on first intake tunnel The first of the Hinkley Point C’s (HPC) three tunnel boring machines, operated by Balfour Beatty, has successfully started the construction of intake tunnel 1. There will be three water cooling tunnels which will feed water to the power station when its operational. Balfour Read more →

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