In pictures: Bouygues-Laing O’Rourke JV smashes concrete pour record at Hinkley. A Bouygues-Laing O’Rourke joint venture constructing the base of Hinkley Point C’s new reactor has broken the record for the largest concrete pour in the UK. The 9,000m³ of concrete, which is reinforced with 5,000 tonnes of Welsh steel, used by the JV broke the record set by the Shard in London. It also represents the completion of the base for the facility’s first reactor, known as “J-zero”, with construction of the nuclear buildings above ground can now able to take place. Plant operators EDF said that the second Hinkley reactor will hit the milestone in June 2020 thanks to good progress and efficiency improvements. It was also announced that final contracts had been signed for the installation of the pipes and cables at the power station by the Hinkley mechanical, electrical and heating and ventilation (MEH) joint venture. The JV is comprised of Altrad, joint venture Balfour Beatty Bailey (Balfour Beatty and NG Bailey), Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock formed on the request of EDF in September 2018. Updating on the progress of other parts of the site EDF said that construction of the second of Hinkley Point C’s two units was well underway and was already showing the improved efficiency possible when an identical design is repeated.
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The base of the first nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point C has been completed in what is being described as “its biggest milestone” so far. The reactor, known as “J-Zero”, now paves away for the construction of the nuclear buildings above ground can commence. The final 9,000m³ of concrete poured onto the base was the largest concrete pour in the UK – more than the record set by the Shard in London. Reinforced with 5,000 tonnes of Welsh steel, the base has been under construction by the UK-French joint venture of Bouygues-Laing O’Rourke for six months.
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EDF says Hinkley Point C is on target as the CBI backs its ambitions for a greater commitment to zero-emission technology.
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French utility EDF said on Friday that construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Britain has hit its biggest milestone yet with the completion of the base of the first reactor. The company said the completion meant work on the above-ground nuclear building can start. It added that the second reactor would hit the same milestone in June next year.
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