One of the precision-built, nuclear-grade Auxiliary Steam Generator (ASG) tanks being delivered flat-packed via the HPC jetty. The tank completed its journey to HPC by sea from Middlesbrough in the North-East by Osprey logistics of Somerset.
This month GE began installing spring-boxes at the top of the columns of the turbine hall ready for the 'table' to be constructed, which will hold the world’s largest steam generator – the Arabelle turbine.
The Beam 1a of the Quadrilateral for the Polar Crane beam has now been completed and painted. This is due to be delivered to HPC in July 2022 after being fitted out in Switzerland. The Polar Crane will carry out vital lifts inside the reactor and is integral to the refuelling process during outages once HPC is operational.
Work underway to construct the dome to be lifted on top of Unit 1’s Reactor Building. The dome itself is made up of 38 panels and when constructed will weigh 200 tonnes, with a height of 13.5 metres and measure 51 metres diameter. 560 metres of welding is required to join the segments together.
Installed by the MEH Alliance, this 16-tonne Steam Generator Blow-Down System (APG) tank (pictured bottom) is the largest tank installed to date. Part of the nuclear safety system for HPC, the APG system is pivotal to maintaining the chemical characteristics of the secondary water.
UN Ambassador Sacha Dench 'The Human Swan' (2nd from right) visited HPC Site as part of her Round Britain Climate Challenge where she is travelling more than 3,000 miles around Britain by electric paramotor to draw attention to climate issues.
The Balfour Beatty Marine Works team has achieved the second major goal of 2021- completion of the outfall tunnel. Since the spring, the team has tunnelled 1.8km out and 24 metres underneath the Bristol Channel with tunnel boring machine Emmeline.
EDF Group CEO Jean-Bernard Levy (left) visited HPC Site in order to see the "fantastic journey" of progress that has happened since his last visit two years ago. Pictured with Stuart Crooks, HPC Managing Director, in front of the under-construction dome which will eventually top the Unit 1 Nuclear Reactor building.