In this round-up of the project Stuart Crooks, managing director of Hinkley Point C, discusses the progress on site and illustrates how the project will transition from the civil construction phase to the mechanical and electrical (MEH) phase.
He also describers some of the detailed safety elements of the third generation EPR reactor, such as its aircraft protection shell.
With renewable power, Hinkley Point C will supply 7% of the UK’s electricity and aims to deliver low-carbon electricity which will help the UK move to a future without polluting fossil fuels.
Meanwhile, recent media reports have claimed that a worker at the Hinkley Point C project in Somerset, UK, has become a victim of the coronavirus strain known as Covid-19.
The man, who has been described as a Chinese national, was reportedly diagnosed after flying to Hong Kong and works at EDF at Bridgwater House in Finzels Reach, Bristol.
The office was deep cleaned, and it is understood from press reports that four of his co-workers self-isolated but tested negative for the virus; they have since returned to work.
An EDF spokesperson said, “Public Health England (PHE) has advised that there is a very low risk to Hinkley Point C employees or their contacts from the colleague who developed coronavirus after returning to China.”