‘Big Carl’ – World’s biggest crane begins work at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The worlds biggest crane has been shipped over to the site from Ghent in Belgium to assist in the construction at the site.
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The world’s largest crane is about to be used in the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset. The crane, known as “Big Carl”, stands up to 250 metres tall – taller than One Canada Square, the highest building in Canary Wharf. It will lift prefabricated parts of the nuclear power station into place. EDF, the French energy company leading construction of the £20 billion plant, said the crane’s “huge size and capacity allows large components to be built in covered factory conditions on-site, improving quality and saving time”. Big Carl, officially a Sarens SGC-250, runs along six kilometres of track. It is capable of lifting up to 5,000 tonnes, the equivalent of 50 blue whales, though the heaviest of the 700 pieces it will lift at Hinkley weighs 1,600 tonnes. EDF said the crane was brought to the site in 280 loads from Antwerp via Avonmouth Docks in Bristol.
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