Construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station can move forward after consent for work was given by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). The regulator has granted approval to site licensee EDF NNB Generation Company for the placement of the structural concrete for the first nuclear safety-related structure at the site. This will enable developer EDF to move forward with construction of the power station’s technical galleries; a series of reinforced concrete structures connecting services such as cooling water and electricity. Mike Finnerty, deputy chief nuclear inspector and director of ONR’s New Reactors Programme, said: “Our consent for the first nuclear safety concrete at Hinkley Point C is a key regulatory milestone marking start of construction of the first nuclear power station since Sizewell B in Suffolk.
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