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Walking the waves – Jetty and WaveWalker 1 progress

May 22, 2017

To help reduce the amount of heavy goods vehicle deliveries on the local roads,  a temporary jetty is being built in the north west corner of site.

The jetty will allow 80% of aggregates needed for concrete production to be brought via sea transport throughout construction. Now a common feature on the Hinkley Point coastline, two jack up barge platforms are currently working their way through the various phases of the temporary jetty construction and are supported by 48 offshore team members who operate shifts around the clock seven days a week.
The largest barge, the Fugro 1200, recently installed the third of six fender piles, each weighing more than 140 tonnes, and is currently in the process of setting up for the remainder.
The smaller but more specialised vessel, WaveWalker 1, is currently working on the foreshore. It is a unique vessel that ‘walks’ through the tidal surf zone up and down the beach. So far it has installed four piles and crossheads, which form part of the main jetty structure.
Sean Riley, Works Manager for Costain, said: ‘The weather conditions have been constantly changing over the past few weeks providing challenging conditions for the team to work in. We’re maintaining good progress, though, which is a testament to the team’s commitment and hard work in.’

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