On 10 December 2019, formal construction began on the second European Pressurized Water Reactor (EPR) at Hinkley Point C (HPC-2) in the U.K., according to an email by EDF Energy spokesperson Gordon Bell, dated 16 March 2020. According to an internationally accepted definition by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and applied by WNISR, formal construction start is the first pouring of basemat concrete for the reactor building. An early March 2020 update of the IAEA’s Power Reactor Information System (PRIS) indicated the construction start date for HPC-2 as 12 December 2019. However, EDF Energy, majority plant owner of HPC together with China General Nuclear Corporation (CGN), has yet to announce formal construction start. In a repeat of their own approach to HPC-1, and as WNISR reported in December 2018, EDF appears to be seeking to artificially reduce the period between “construction start” and grid connection. Which means a shorter communicated “construction time”, which is a crucial indicator for the industry’s performance. In June 2019, according to EDF and as reported by the World Nuclear Association (WNA), construction of HPC-2 was “well underway” but did not include so-called safety concrete. Trade journal Nuclear Intelligence Weekly, only available to subscribers, reported in its 20 December 2019 edition the beginning of basemat concreting and put the date at 10 December 2019, which EDF Energy now confirmed to WNISR.
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The workforce constructing the new Hinkley nuclear power station is to be reduced by more than half to around 2,000 because of the coronavirus pandemic. French energy giant EDF said it was continuing with the project to build Hinkley Point C in Somerset but the “safety of workers and the community” was paramount. It said the workforce would be “significantly reduced, falling by more than half to around 2,000” and that staffing levels would reduce further as work on the project progresses.
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Energy giant EDF which is behind the project has already closed its Bristol head office.
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Work continues at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset but workforce cut by half. Critics and opponents have rounded on the decision to carry on and have called on the Government to halt proceedings. This is putting lives at risk right across Somerset and the whole of the country. Why hasn’t the Prime Minister ordered them to stay at home – is he just pandering to the nuclear lobby? While the rest of the country is in lockdown, EDF fails to acknowledge that if someone has developed a fever, they have been incubating and spreading the virus for days beforehand. Katy Attwater, Stop Hinkley campaign spokeswoman.
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