Engineers and lifting specialists at Hinkley Point C have successfully completed the first big lift by the world’s largest crane. The 250m tall nicknamed ‘Big Carl’ crane lifted a 170 tonne prefabricated part of the reactor’s steel containment liner into place. The achievement marked the end of a year where all the milestones for the new nuclear power station were met. As well as being a great feat of skill, the lift is considered by EDF an important example of innovation. Using lessons learned from EPR construction around the world, the liner section was welded and prefabricated under cover in factory conditions on site to improve quality and lower schedule risk.
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