A once in a lifetime opportunity for Somerset school children

We are inviting Key Stage 2 pupils in Somerset schools to name the tunnel boring machines that will work on the Hinkley Point C construction site; and the winners will be invited to site for the naming ceremony!

There will be three tunnel boring machines on-site at Hinkley Point C and they are some of the most impressive pieces of kit with a hugely important role to play.  The 1,000 tonne machines will be removing 370,000 cubic metres of earth to enable 3.3 kilometres of tunnels to be built underneath the seabed. The tunnels house the cooling water pipe network.

The cooling water pipe network installation will have 724 pipe segments in total and will be more than 3km in length when complete. Each segment weighs nearly 13 tonnes and is wide enough in some places to drive a small car through. When complete, the network will sit deep below the turbine halls between the pump house and outfall buildings. This pipework will bring seawater in to cool the system, thereby condensing the steam used to turn the turbine (which ultimately produces power) back into water.

All machines are given female names, as the Patron Saint of tunnelling and mining is St Barbara, and tradition dictates that tunnel boring machines cannot officially start work until they have been named.

Mary, Jessica and Phyllis were all tunnel boring machines working on the Crossrail project – Mary was the wife of famous railway engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Jessica Ennis-Hill was a gold medallist at the London Olympics 2012 and Phyllis Pearsall single-handedly created the London A-Z.

The competition

We need you to help us name the Hinkley Point C tunnel boring machines: 

  • We would like pupils to conduct a research project into inspirational women. These can be historical or current figures and could have local connections, be strong female role models or maybe someone with a scientific or engineering background. 
  • All submissions must include the suggested female name and be accompanied by information on the individual and the reason why the team has chosen it.
  • The first name of the inspirational woman chosen will be the name that is given to the machine e.g. Agatha Christie; the machine would be called Agatha. 
  • We would like submissions to come from a class of pupils or smaller group within KS2 instead of individual submissions.


How to enter

  • Entries must be submitted via email to: InspireEducation@edfenergy.com
  • Entries must be received by 5pm on Monday 4th December (this is the day of St Barbara)

The winners will be announced in January 2018 on return from Christmas break and the naming ceremony is expected to take place in February/March 2018.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via email: InspireEducation@edfenergy.com

Terms and Conditions

How to enter

1. The Tunnel Boring Machine Naming Competition (the "Competition") is open to KS2 pupils of primary schools across Somerset who have received the consent of their parents or guardians to participate in the Competition ("You").

2. To enter the Competition, You should suggest a name for the Tunnel Boring Machine ensuring that you stick to the following two rules:

a. The suggestion should be an inspirational female figure to You or the county of Somerset.

b. The name suggestion should be accompanied by an explanation (200 words maximum).

3. To enter the Competition, You should send your entry to InspireEducation@edfenergy.com. You are responsible for the cost (if any) of sending your Competition entry to us.

4. When submitting your Competition entry, You must provide:

a. the names of the group members of your group in which the entry was chosen and researched;

b. details of which school year You are in; and

c. the school You attend.

5. We will only use this information in relation to the Competition (including checking your eligibility to enter it), the Competition winner will be announced in a local press release and a letter to the school. We will not use it for any other purposes whatsoever. We process all personal data we hold in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We will not keep this information for longer than is necessary for the operation of the Competition.

6. We must receive your entry to the Competition by 5pm on Monday, 4 December 2017. Entries received after this date will not be considered.


Picking the winners

7. The Communications and Inspire Education Teams of Hinkley Point C will choose a winner from the valid entries as part of a Judges' Panel during the week commencing 11 December 2017.

8. The entries will be adjudged on the basis of the quality of the proposed name and supporting explanations received.

9. The decision of the Judges' Panel shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Three winners will be chosen, one name per Tunnel Boring Machine that will be used at the Hinkley Point C site.


Publishing the winning entries

10. The winning entries will be announced through a local press release and a letter to the school You attend.

11. By submitting an entry to the Competition, You grant HPC:

a. permission for your entry to be published in the upcoming edition of Plugged in;

b. the right to use your name and details for the sole purpose of identifying You as the author of your entry.


The prizes

12. The winners will be invited to the HPC site to attend the naming ceremony and each member of the winning team will receive a Zingy Keyring.

13. The prizes will be organised with the school You attend and the Zingy Keyrings will be sent to the school You attend.

14. The prize may only be taken as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives.

15. The prize does not include any associated costs incurred by the winner such as travel, additional accommodation or expenses, and HPC will not be liable for any such costs.

Some other rules

16. By submitting the entry form, entrants' parents or guardians are deemed to have given consent for the entry to be published free of charge by HPC in print media.

17. Entries should be team submissions from pupils at the same school.

18. We take no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.

19. The Promoter of the Competition is NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited whose address is: 40 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7EN ("HPC"). Any complaints regarding the Competition should be sent to this address or by e-mail to hinkley-enquiries@edf-energy.com.

20. HPC accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by You as a result of entering the Competition or accepting the prize. HPC further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to You or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Competition.

21. HPC reserves the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud) at any time and from time to time, as required. The decision of HPC in all matters under its control is final and binding.

22. HPC shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by reasons beyond its control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.

23. By entering the Competition, You are accepting these terms and conditions.

24. The Competition will be governed by English law.