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. 

The columns can now be filled with concrete before work starts on building the ‘TG Table’, the 2,500m3, heavily reinforced concrete structure that will sit on top of the columns and eventually support the turbine itself.

In this area, pressurised steam created by heat from the twin reactors will be used to turn the turbine and generate electricity. When completed, the power station will be capable of generating 3,260MW of secure, zero-carbon electricity for 60 years.

Team members are now well underway with fabrication of the second set of TG Columns for the second reactor.

Tool talk

‘Have tools, will travel’ – at least that’s how it’s been for Nigel Clark, a Supervisor with Bylor. His carpentry skills have seen him work on everything from farm buildings in Somerset, to paper mills in Nigeria.

Settled now in Wiveliscombe with his family, Nigel has spent the last few months supervising various teams as they secured the anchor bolts to the base of the TG structures.

He reckons he’s a ‘small cog in a big wheel’, prefers to work on big projects and is proud to be part of what he calls ‘a great team effort from everyone’. 

Nigel also has a clear sense that he’s helped to build a legacy at Hinkley Point C that’ll be handed down for the benefit of future generations.

He said: “One day when I’m retired, I’ll go walking on the Quantocks, look over to Hinkley Point C and tell people that I helped to build that!”

The height of the large blue TG columns that are clearly visible in the Conventional Island.