The UK’s nuclear regulator has identified five key areas of supply chain management where improvements are needed ahead of acceleration in both construction and manufacturing for the Hinkley Point C EPR project in Somerset, England. The Office for Nuclear Regulation has rated an overall inspection finding as ‘amber’. This means that some arrangements are below standard and the ONR is seeking improvements. The five key areas include issues such as improvement programmes, lessons learned, self-assessment and quality assurance. The ONR said the inspection of the supply chain for Hinkley Point C was instigated in the context of the records falsification issues that emerged in 2016 at Areva’s Le Creusot forge facility. The facility, now operated by Framatome, is a supplier of key components to the Hinkley Point C project. The falsification issues became apparent after the French nuclear safety regulator, ASN, confirmed that major technical and organisational shortcomings had occurred at the Le Creusot.
Nucnet 16th March 2018 read more »
Britain’s need for new gas-fired power generation will be reduced as long as Electricite de France SA delivers its Hinkley Point nuclear project on time. The U.K.’s first new atomic plant in more than a generation plus continued subsidies for offshore wind means the government can reduce the electricity supply it secures at an annual auction, according to a report by Aurora Energy research. This scenario could threaten plans by Drax Plc, SSE Plc, RWE AG and Eggborough Power Ltd. to build new gas stations. The government started its capacity market to ensure back-up electricity by making it attractive to build new generation units and keep existing stations open. So far, power prices at the auctions have been too low to encourage construction. Barclays Plc estimates that new gas-fired stations, known as CCGTs, will need payments of as high as 28 pounds ($39) a kilowatt. That’s three times higher than the price in the latest auction.
Bloomberg 15th March 2018 read more »
Redhall subsidiary Jordan Manufacturing has signed three contracts with Balfour Beatty for the supply of specialist manufactured metal products for the marine works at Hinkley Point C. However, having previously been named preferred bidder, the delay in reaching contract signing has delivered a knock to Redhall’s finances, the company has warned.
Construction Index 15th March 2018 read more »
A PLAN to use a 4×4 minibus on Exmoor to cut pollution and increase visitor numbers has been refused a £38,970 grant because there was no evidence that the Hinkley Point C development is negatively affecting tourism. West Somerset’s cabinet members received a report by Lisa Redston, Hinkley community and housing impact lead, at their meeting last Wednesday (March 7). And they agreed to back the Hinkley Planning Obligation’s Board’s (POB) decision not to fund Minehead community transport group ATWest’s Moor Rover service.
West Somerset Free Press 14th March 2018 read more »