A group of anti-nuclear Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and the UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) remain highly alarmed that construction at the Hinkley Point C proposed new nuclear power station site is continuing, despite the extensive public lockdown and social distancing rules brought in across the UK. These groups call for construction at Hinkley Point C to be reduced to control and maintenance operations only until the Covid-19 public health emergency is under full control. This repeated call comes from the NGOs and NFLA following intensive lobbying of the UK Government, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Somerset local authorities responsible for the Hinkley Point C site by many of these groups, including the local Stop Hinkley group. It follows early photos from the site showing a crowded staff canteen and a lack of social distancing at bus queues and at entry and exit points. NGO representatives and the NFLA have actively raised their concerns in meetings with senior officials of the UK Government and the Office for Nuclear Regulation, as well as with the UK Government Office for Nuclear Development. The Stop Hinkley group have also been in liaison with the local authority. A detailed letter was sent by the NGO Co-Chairs of the BEIS NGO Forum, the ONR NGO Forum and the NFLA on the 31st March when the photographs were first made public. The NGOs and NFLA welcome the efforts made by EDF Energy and the ONR to reduce the staffing on the site from over 4,500 to just under 2,000, and suggestions this will further reduce to around 1,000. There have been improved efforts as well to enforce social distancing, though it remains to be seen if earlier poor practice in this area on and around the site could lead to increased infection rates in North Somerset and areas where the workforce originate from, such as South Wales and the Bristol area.
NFLA 9th April 2020 read more »
Industrial services provider Bilfinger has secured a contract to design components for two core melt stabilization systems (CMSS) to be installed in the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant under construction in the UK. In the event of a core meltdown the systems bring the molten core to a safe state once it has left the reactor pressure vessel, Bilfinger said. Bilfinger has previously developed components for the first-of-a-kind CMSS at Finland’s Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant, and also delivered parts for EPRs at Flammanville in France and Taishan in China. The contract award increases Bilfinger’s scope of work on the £22.5bn project to build two 1650MW European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. Hinkley Point C is being developed by EDF Energy and its partner China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN), which has a 33.5% stake in the project. Bilfinger said it has already received contracts worth ~€90 million for work at Hinkley Point C. These cover design preparation, planning and waste treatment, execution design, supplier management, pipework fabrication and installation of auxiliary piping systems.
Nuclear Engineering International 8th April 2020 read more »
HINKLEY C will have fewer than 2,000 workers on site from next week, it has been confirmed. In an update from the Hinkley C Construction Delivery Director Nigel Cann last night, he said work was now being focused on a limited number of critical areas on site and at Combwich. Mr Cann said EDF had reacted to local concerns about the movement of workers by bringing in 60 extra buses so that services can run only 30 per cent full. “The move we announced to concentrate bus pick-ups on our controlled park and rides sites is almost complete,” Mr Cann said.
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