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September Update
A round-up of the latest news from Hinkley Point C. Find out the latest from site itself, along with the opening of the new visitor centre and details of the next Hinkley Point C recruitment event.

Nuclear Island Concrete Pour
Aerial view of the metal ring of reactor 1. The area is busy with many components
Last week saw the successful completion of a major concrete pour on the Nuclear Island, the area that will host the nuclear components at Hinkley Point C. This is the second major pour to be completed on Reactor 1’s Inner Containment Wall. The Inner Containment is the circular concrete structure which sits on the outside of the leak-tight steel liner that will enclose the nuclear reactor.

This mammoth 31 hour pour began at 17:30 on Monday 06 September and finished in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday 08 September.

Prior to the concrete pour, weeks of work took place installing 230 tonnes of rebar to form the structure. This was the second ‘lift’ of concrete out of eleven that will form the Inner Containment.
Spring Boxes added to Turbine Hall Columns
Tall blue towers linked together in a box-like arrangement standing out against surrounding components
This month General Electric (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. These springs work in a similar way to a shock absorbers on a car, dampening the vibrations from the turbine so that it does not carry down the columns into the raft below.

The turbine is crucial to the power station, taking steam from the Reactor Building and converting it into electricity. The rotating turbine shaft is directly connected to a generator rotor and as this spins it generates 1.6 gigawatts of electricity. The two reactors at Hinkley Point C will supply enough low carbon electricity for 6 million homes.

Hinkley Point C Recruitment Event
QR code for HPC Recruitment Event
Find out about the latest opportunities on the Hinkley Point Project and talk to the team:

Wednesday 6 October 2021
Somerset County Cricket Club, The Cooper Associates County Ground Taunton, TA1 1JT

Scan the QR code to sign up

Our brand new visitor centre is now open
At our new Hinkley Point Visitor Centre, visitors are encouraged to explore how electricity is created in a fun and interactive way. People of all ages can learn why there is an overwhelming need to produce low carbon energy and how EDF is helping Britain achieve net zero through the construction of Hinkley Point C and the use of other renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

Let us take you on a virtual tour of the construction site where you can interact with a map of the site or watch our drone footage as it navigates around Big Carl, the world's largest crane.


Hinkley Point Visitor Centre, Cannington Court, Church Street, Cannington, Bridgwater, TA5 2HA.

Opening times

Monday: 09:00 to 17:00

Tuesday: 09:00 to 17:00

Wednesday: 09:00 to 17:00

Thursday: 09:00 to 17:00

Friday: 09:00 to 16:00

Additional information
  • There is no charge for entry
  • Entry is through the Porter's Lodge at Cannington Court
  • Last visit is half an hour before closing
  • Our Visitor Centre and Brassage are open to everyone and are fully accessible.
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