Another big lift for Big Carl
Big Carl, the world’s biggest crane has placed the first steel ring section onto the second reactor building, just 11 months after the same operation on the first reactor. The installation shows how building an identical copy of the first reactor drives efficiency and saves time. The ring was built 25% more quickly than the same part on Unit One, requiring thousands of hours less labour to manufacture. The prefabricated ring, which is 47 metres in diameter and 17 metres high forms a reinforced cylinder around the nuclear reactor and is a key milestone in the construction of the second reactor building.
Key training facility taking shape
The simulator building, which will help train reactor operators, supervisors and shift managers working on site, is a step closer to becoming a reality. The building will house a full simulated replica of the main control room and other training equipment that will ensure trainees have the experience needed to operate the plant in accordance with stringent regulatory requirements. Each training cohort will complete an 18-month programme. As well as the simulator and ancillary training equipment, the new building will house 13 classrooms as well as office space for the growing team.
Taken from The Point December 2021