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Pipe up for power

July 16, 2018

The CRF system at HPC is a crucial part of the design and build of the power station. The reinforced concrete pipes, which include a steel cylinder, are designed to carry sea water as part of the secondary cooling system for the future power station.

Since June 2017, several pipe sections have been arriving at HPC each week on specialist vehicles from their place of manufacture in Belgium.

Lee Holmes, Construction Lead, said: “We recorded a very low level of pipes arriving in less-than-perfect condition, which was real testament to the work that went in to getting the pipes here safely.”

In March, all pipe sections had arrived at HPC and the SOCEA Denys workforce has since been welding them together before they are laid at the bottom of the deep dig – underneath the two future reactor buildings.

“The team has already completed mock-ups of some of the steepest parts of the pipes to ensure we get the job right first time. They have also been carrying out extensive tests prior to installation,” added Lee.

“Soon large crawler cranes will be mobilised to lower the pipe sections in to place at the bottom of the deep dig excavation works.”

Extract from The Point, July 2018


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