Hinkley Point C Progress

23 April 2019

HPC remains on track for its biggest milestone yet: “J-0”, the completion of the 45,000 tonne base for reactor one at the end of June. Tunnel boring is about to begin and the first ship is due to dock at the site at the end of April.

HPC Reactor Base
HPC , Reactor base under construction


Annual report: HPC Socio-economic impact

Hinkley Point C has published its annual socio-economic report ‘HPC: Realising the Socio-economic Benefits’.

We all know the incredible progress being made on-site in terms of construction. This report provides evidence of the wider benefits the project is delivering for people in Somerset and across the UK.

As we have consistently said: progress for HPC is progress for SZC. The news of the report has been met with interest in the East of England with stakeholders from business and charity sectors welcoming the news.

John Dugmore, Chief Executive, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, said the report: “…provides very welcome evidence which demonstrates the benefits Sizewell C could deliver to the Suffolk business community.”

Terry Baxter, Chief Executive, Inspire Suffolk, said: “Sizewell C gives Suffolk the opportunity to address some very real social issues that pockets of the county are living with.”

This report also shows the project is meeting the ambitious targets set at the beginning of the project and builds on the growing reputation for doing what we said we would.

What’s happening at Flamaville?

The French nuclear regulator, ASN, recently published its advisory committee’s report recommending eight welds at Flamanville 3 to be upgraded to bring these welds into compliance with its rupture exclusion principle. This is not anticipated to impact on work at HPC or SZC. At HPC the equivalent welding work is to be undertaken by the same company (Bilfinger) that completed the welding at Olkiluoto 3 without problems, including the same key personnel; extra checking and surveillance programmes have been implemented to ensure the work is completed satisfactorily; we have fully evaluated the process and material and are confident we can complete this work to the standard required.