Hinkley Point C’s first reactor arrives at site

EDF Energy

The first new nuclear reactor for a British power station for more than 30 years has arrived in Somerset.

At just 13m long and weighing 500-tonnes, the reactor pressure vessel will create the heat needed to make steam for the world’s largest turbines.

It is the first of two nuclear reactors which will be installed at Hinkley Point C. Each reactor will help provide enough low carbon electricity for 3 million homes and is seen as vital vital in helping Britain achieve Net Zero and stronger energy security.

The reactor, made by Framatome in France, comes from the same factory which made the last nuclear reactor for a British power station at Sizewell B in Suffolk. It became operational in 1995.

The reactor first arrived in Britain at Avonmouth Docks in Bristol before being transported by barge to Combwich Wharf on the River Parrett in Somerset. The final journey was a five hour trip for four miles by a transporter to its permanent home on the construction site.

The arrival of the reactor marks a significant milestone for Hinkley Point C, where more than 8,000 workers are now on site every day. It will be installed in the reactor building after the dome is lifted into place.

EDF Energy


EDF Energy

Related Articles
Most recent Articles

Delapena slashes cycle times on titanium components

In manufacturing, close working partnerships between customers and suppliers are worth their weight in gold – and that’s certainly the case with Hemel Hempstead-based precision subcontractor Subcon Drilling and honing specialist Delapena who have been working together for many years.
14 hours ago Features

Hill Helicopters’ quality takes-off with Accretech

Given the highly competitive environment global aerospace manufacturers operate within, as well as ensuring the precision capabilities of their quality control equipment, the speed and operational efficiency of the sector’s inspection aids are becoming ever more important.
14 hours ago Features

Login / Sign up