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December Update
A round-up of the latest news from Hinkley Point C.
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The Winter edition of our community newsletter Plugged In is now available
Front cover of the latest edition of the plugged in newsletter
Download the digital edition here to read about -
  • Construction progress made on site this year;
  • Find out more about what’s happening on the Wharf in Combwich;
  • And hear the inspiring story of Watchet local Daisy who has worked hard to earn herself a career in future operations at Hinkley Point C.
You can also learn how the new Electrical Centre of Excellence will support the development of locally-based skills and how school children have been benefitting from the Hinkley Point C bus service.
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Watch our end of year film
Harriet Ferris, reactor unit trainee, stands inside one of the reactor units dressed in yellow high viz
Visit HPC’s channel on YouTube and hear from one of our trainee operators to tell the story of Hinkley Point C's purpose and show progress in our 2021 update film.

You can watch it here.
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Coolant pump passes flow tests
Image of the reactor cooling pump with cutaway sections to show the internal workings
HPC’s first reactor coolant pump has successfully passed demanding tests following its manufacture. The 128-tonne pump, which is 10 metres high was manufactured by Framatome at their Jeumont facility in France. It is one of four pumps per unit and responsible for circulating water around the reactor’s ‘primary circuit’. The first ‘full flow test’ was the culmination of years of work, with the complex test-taking over four weeks to complete. This work paves the way for the manufacture and testing of the remainder of pumps destined for HPC. It is anticipated that the first pumps will be shipped to site next year.

When installed and running the pumps will be able to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in just 80 seconds!
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Christmas in the Community
A huge pile of presents in colourful Christmas gift bags with a Christmas tree in the back ground
Team members working on site have been getting into the festive spirit with some charitable Christmas activities. The Hinkley Point C campus at Sedgemoor will be serving Christmas lunch for local charities Nelson Trust, Arc Inspire and CHARIS Refugees, as well as delivering boxed meals to Westfield Church in Bridgwater and Arc Inspire. Seventy cupcakes will be sent to St Margaret’s Hospice as a ‘thank you’ for all the work they do supporting the community, too. Somerset Larder, the catering company at Hinkley Point C, will also make meal donations to people in need, and Balfour Beatty is supporting FareShare in Bridgwater with donations to support families during the festive period. The Salvation Army has also received a bumper gift of toys donated by team members.
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HPC Community Fund Small Grants programme
HPC Community Fund logo
Did you know that Hinkley Point C supports local businesses and projects with its funding scheme managed by Somerset Community Foundation? The HPC Community Fund Small Grants programme has funding available, and applications for grants can be made at any time. Charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises that normally operate on less than £100,000 a year can apply for grants of up to £5,000, though grants of up to £10,000 (over a period of three years) may also be offered in exceptional circumstances.

The funding is available to projects or initiatives that help mitigate impacts felt in the community as a result of Hinkley Point C’s construction. Generally, decisions are made every six to eight weeks. The deadline for the next round of funding decisions is 9 February 2022. More information can be found at hpcfunds.co.uk, and if you have any questions, you can contact Peter Stolze on 01749 344949 or by emailing peter.stolze@somersetcf.org.uk
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