Plugged in - Spring 2021

Standing tall

Two years of hard work and collaboration have culminated in the installation of the 15 distinctive blue Turbine Generator (TG) columns in the power station’s Turbine Hall.

The supporting steelwork for the turbine installation on reactor 1 has been completed.

A further eight TG Columns were erected in the Turbine Hall in the final phase of construction, making 15 in all.

Spotlight on...the Facilities Management team

From managing the fabric and maintenance of the buildings, to making sure they’re clean and safe for people to work in, the Facilities Management team is vital to the running of Hinkley Point C.

Our crowning moment

The Hinkley Point C team is planning ahead for some iconic milestones on the road to generating zero-carbon electricity for the nation.

Ten steps to a greener future

The UK Government’s ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’ looks to invest in a more sustainable future for us all. At Hinkley Point C and within its host communities, there’s some great work already under way.

Making a difference through funding

Over the past nine years, Hinkley Point C has given more than £11 million to local community projects. Plugged in looks at where those funds have been awarded.

New centre ensures welding excellence

Welding is vital to meeting the needs of Hinkley Point C and other nuclear new build projects like it, and it’s crucial to the long-term success of the UK’s engineering sector.

Inspired to help

A donation of £13,100 was given to Arc Inspire, a local charity providing accommodation and support for homeless people across Bridgwater and Taunton. This makes it the first organisation to receive help through Hinkley Point C’s The HPC Way initiative.

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Rob's welcome

Despite the country’s tough start to 2021, the Hinkley Point C workforce has continued to show resilience and a real determination to ‘get the job done and done well’. We’ve been able to move forward with construction, and you can find out more about the latest on the project with our new regular feature on site updates.

Hinkley Point C’s ultimate goals are twofold. Firstly, we want to create a tangible and lasting legacy for the region, so check out our piece on funding to see how communities and projects in the local area are benefitting. And, just as importantly, we have a vital role in helping the UK to achieve its net zero targets. You can find out more about initiatives in your communities contributing to net zero as well as how the Hinkley Point C project will play its part once the power station is operational with our feature on the government’s Ten Point Plan.

I’d like to thank you for your ongoing interest and support of the project, and I hope you enjoy our latest articles. Please get in touch with the Plugged in team if you have any stories or feedback you'd like to share.

Rob Jordan
Hinkley Point C Site Construction Director

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