Hinkley Point C: Investigation into how silo suffered ‘structural damage’ and released ‘dust cloud’ continues. An investigation into how a silo at Hinkley Point C sustained “structural damage” and released a huge dust cloud is ongoing, according to EDF. There was widespread concern about how the 35-metre tall tower weighing 5,000 tonnes suffered “structural damage” at around 7.30am on Wednesday, June 10. The huge silo, based at the concrete batching plant of the nuclear power station development near Bridgwater, also released a dust cloud over the area. No one was harmed but it has caused concern in the industry, with worries about health and safety around the site. The company behind the construction of Hinkley Point C has already insisted there was no risk to the wider public following the situation and had stressed that it was not an explosion that had occurred – despite some early reports referring to one. EDF also indicated the dust released was not harmful and would only cause “slight irritation” if inhaled in large quantities, which nobody at the plant did. In a fresh update on Friday, June 19, an EDF spokesman confirmed investigations are ongoing. There has also been “no activity” at the concrete batching plant since the silo sustained damage. He said: “The investigation is ongoing and will take some time to conclude. “Until that happens we won’t be able to comment on the cause. “There’s been no activity at the concrete batching plant while the current stage of the investigation is taking place.”
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BLACKBURN-based engineering company Assystem have today confirmed a new contract which they hope will create 100 new jobs. The Haslington Road based firm, the world’s second largest nuclear engineering company, will now be contracted to work on the construction of Hinckley Point C nuclear power station with jobs created across advanced engineering, site engineering, commissioning, quality assurance and control. There will also be development opportunities for new graduates and apprenticeships.
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