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  1. HPC news update – February 2020

    February 11, 2020

    Key milestone lift for Big Carl

    The world’s largest crane, Big Carl, lifted the first major section of pre-fabrication, unit 1’s containment liner cup into place towards the end of December. The liner cup lift was a key Project milestone and the first major lift for the SGC-250, otherwise known as ‘Big Carl’.

    The process needed close collaboration between 60 team members from the Sarens crane team, Tissot riggers, EDF teams, Bylor and the Nuclear Island teams.

    Tissot welders worked for more than five months manufacturing the 170-tonne steel containment liner cup.

    Specialist formwork starts to take shape

    Balfour Beatty is receiving parts of a specialised, one-of-a-kind formwork on Site for the connection between the outfall gallery and outfall pond shaft. This part of the cooling water system will mark the final point on the water’s journey around the power station before it makes its way back to the Bristol Channel.

    The formwork, supplied by Special Formwork in Aldridge in the West Midlands, was put through a thorough design process and trial build off-Site. It will be assembled on Site and lifted into place in one complete piece.

    Concrete will then be poured around it to form a smooth bend, referred to as the ‘elbow bend’, which rounds off a 90˚ angle at the connection point. When complete, the formwork will measure close to 10m tall and 10m wide. The giant structure is temporary; once the concrete is cured the formwork will be dismantled and removed from the tunnel, ready to be reused for Unit 2.

    Work begins on Nuclear Island permanent rooms

    The first vertical walls on the Nuclear Island have been installed and work has begun on constructing the first permanent rooms. The Mechanical and Electrical Safeguard Buildings will have 11 storeys when complete and will support the permanent equipment for the Reactor Building.

    Nick Povey, Project Engineer said: “These are the first structures to go up within the Nuclear Island.”

    The project is a collaboration between EDF’s delivery team and Bylor’s Site-based teams of steel fixers and joiners.

    Bylor focuses on concrete pours

    Taking more than 31 hours, the first concrete pour for Unit 2’s Nuclear Island Common Raft has been successfully completed by the Bylor team. During the pour, the team placed 476 tonnes of reinforcement and poured 1,868m3 of concrete.

    Made up of a thick reinforced concrete platform, the second Common Raft is identical to Unit 1’s Nuclear Island. To achieve the second J0 milestone, they will need 4,400 tonnes of rebar to construct the cross-shaped structure.


  2. 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 year on 24 March 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


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


    Information

    • Specialist Group Relaunches

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

    • 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 →

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