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First Steam Generator travelling to Combwich Wharf

New images show Hinkley Point C’s heaviest delivery yet as the first steam generator arrives

By Hinkley Point C media team | Posted May 12, 2024

The first of Hinkley Point C’s eight 520-tonne steam generators was delivered safely to the construction site over the weekend after arriving by sea and road.
 
The 25m long steam generators will take heat from the nuclear reactors to create steam to power the world’s largest turbines.  The generator’s arrival is in time for the fit out of the new power station, which will see the first nuclear reactor installed later this year. It was delivered in February last year.
 
The steam generator travelled the final four miles by road transporter after arriving from Avonmouth at Combwich Wharf on the River Parrett in Somerset.
 
Four will be placed in each reactor building, operating at an average temperature of 295°C for at least 60 years. Their design, manufacturing and testing took six years.

 

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Steam Generator approaching Hinkley Point C
Steam Generator approaching Hinkley Point C
Steam Generator making its final approach to Hinkley Point C
Steam Generator making its final approach to Hinkley Point C
First Steam Generator travelling to Combwich Wharf
First Steam Generator travelling to Combwich Wharf
Steam Generator getting ready to leave Combwich Wharf
Steam Generator getting ready to leave Combwich Wharf
Steam Generator passing houses in a Somerset village
Steam Generator passing houses in a Somerset village
Drone photo of Steam Generator travelling to Hinkley Point C
Drone photo of Steam Generator travelling to Hinkley Point C
First Steam Generator travelling to Hinkley Point C
First Steam Generator travelling to Hinkley Point C

About EDF

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission, electric future and tackling climate change. It is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity(1) and supplies millions of customers with electricity and gas.

It generates low carbon electricity from five nuclear power stations and more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and there are advanced plans for a replica at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 14% of UK demand and power around 12 million homes.

EDF is one of the UK’s largest investors in renewables, with more than 1.5GW of renewable generation in operation and almost 14GW in planning and development across a range of technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar and battery storage. We are constructing our largest offshore wind farm in Britain – the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland.

EDF is helping its customers, both in business and at home, take their first steps to sustainably powering their lives. Whether it is buying an electric car, generating and storing electricity, selling energy back to the grid or installing a heat pump. EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British business and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. In addition, the company’s energy services business, Dalkia, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 14,000 people at locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

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