Shocking pictures show a huge dust cloud which was released after a silo at Hinkley Point C nuclear plant appeared to collapse this morning. The 35-metre tower, weighing around 5,000 tonnes, suffered “structural damage” at around 7.30am, when onlookers claimed to have heard what sounded like an explosion. The plant – which is still under construction and is set to be completed in 2025 – is based near Bridgwater in Somerset. Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang at around 7.30am, but energy supplier EDF has denied that a blast occurred, Somerset Live reports. In a statement the company said no one had been hurt.
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Huge dust cloud after tower ‘collapses’ at nuclear power site just 160 miles from Ireland.
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Hinkley Point C: Silo suffered ‘structural damage’ in incident and released dust cloud over the area. An investigation has been launched after a silo at Hinkley Point C sustained “structural damage” and released a huge dust cloud in an incident this morning (Wednesday, June 10). The tower is a 35-metre high structure weighing 5,000 tonnes and is based at the concrete batching plant of the nuclear power station development near Bridgwater. The silo, which contains ground granulated blast furnace slag, is described as “important” and plays a “pivotal role” in the station’s construction by reusing the material within its concrete. The tower suffered “structural damage” at 7.30am, releasing a dust cloud over the area.
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EDF Energy, part of EDF, said it is investigating the cause of structural damage to a concrete plant at its Hinkley Point C nuclear site which is under construction in Somerset, Britain.
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