Construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset has reached a significant milestone, with the completion of the base for its first reactor.

A record amount of concrete was used in making the base, which is reinforced by 5,000 tonnes of Welsh steel.

Now construction can begin on the first reactor buildings above ground on Europe’s biggest building site.


Image: EDF Energy

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Once complete, Hinkley Point C will be the first new nuclear power station built in the UK for a generation.

In all, owners EDF say the plant will create 25,000 jobs across the supply chain.

At present almost 4,000 people are currently working on the project, which is key to the UK’s ambitions of net-zero emissions by 2050. Due for completion in the mid-2020’s, it will provide 7% of the UK’s electricity from a reliable, low-carbon source.

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