75 photos of Hinkley Point C which show the scale of Britain’s newest nuclear power plant. The power station will be the most expensive man-made object on Earth when it is finished. The construction of Britain’s newest nuclear power plant continues despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Formally approved by the government in 2016, Hinkley Point C has been described as “the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK” and is due to be complete in 2025.
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The 49,000-tonne base for the second reactor at Hinkley Point C has been completed on schedule – meeting a target date set more than four years ago. The final concrete pour of 8,991m3 set a new UK record for a single, continuous pour. It surpasses by 37m3 the previous record during construction of the base for Hinkley Point C’s first unit in June 2019. This milestone in nuclear construction was completed by teams who have had to adapt to new coronavirus working conditions. Their achievement, known as “J-zero”, comes less than a year after the completion of the first reactor’s base in June 2019.
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