Photos | World’s largest crane lifts 304t steel liner ring at Hinkley nuclear plant

Hinkley nuclear plant
Big Carl lifts the third liner ring into position (Image courtesy of EDF)

Big Carl, the world’s largest crane, has lifted a 304t steel liner ring into place on the first reactor building at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

A joint venture between Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke (Bylor JV) is overseeing construction in the project.

It is the third and final ring to be installed on the building, which will eventually house one of two nuclear reactors.

Hinkley nuclear plant
The steel liner ring has increased the height of the reactor building by 11.6m (Image courtesy of EDF)

The unit has now grown in height by 11.6m and now stands at 44m.

Bylor oversaw the prefabrication of the liner ring in a factory on site. It features supporting brackets for the Polar Crane Beam. This internal crane will rotate 360° above the reactor and be used for refuelling. 

Image courtesy of EDF

The reactor building now only has the ‘lid’ to be placed on top, with the lift scheduled for next year.

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