Hinkley point images of nuclear reactor being moved to site emerge

Amazing images of the first nuclear reactors being moved to site in Somerset, which is the first reactor to be installed in the UK in the past thirty years.

The reactor was moved by river and road and at just 13-metres long and weighing 500-tonnes, the “reactor pressure vessel” will create the heat needed to make steam for the world’s largest turbines.

It is the first of two nuclear reactors which will be installed at Hinkley Point C. Each reactor will help provide enough low carbon electricity for 3m homes and will be vital in helping Britain achieve Net Zero and stronger energy security.

Reactor being moved by tug and barge
Reactor being moved by tug and barge

The reactor made by Framatome comes from the same factory which made the last nuclear reactor for a British power station at Sizewell B in Suffolk. It became operational in 1995.

Reactor being moved by tug and barge
Reactor being moved by tug and barge

The reactor first arrived in Britain at Avonmouth Docks in Bristol before being transported by barge to Combwich Wharf on the River Parrett in Somerset. The final journey was a 5 hour trip for 4 miles by a transporter to its permanent home on the construction site.

Reactor being moved by road with escort
Reactor being moved by road with escort

The arrival of the reactor marks a significant milestone for Hinkley Point C, where more than 8,000 workers are now on site every day. It will be installed in the reactor building after the dome is lifted into place.

Source edfenergy.com