Construction halted at Hinkley Point C nuclear project site

Work stopped at Hinkley Point C nuclear project site in the UK

Work has stopped at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power site in the UK after regulators say the company informed them they were halting production.

On July 1, the site entered a state of Care and Maintenance, and activity at the site is limited to the management of material stockpiles and water management zones, remediation of asbestos contaminated land and archaeological surveys, according to the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). ONR said it stopped safety inspections at the site until contractor Nuclear New Build GenCo (NNB GenCo) is ready to remobilize, but will continue regulatory services until the project is ready to restart.

In April, the consortium – which consists of EDF Energy, China General Nuclear Corp. and other investors – set a cap on future spending at the project.

“The reduction in spend means that work on preparing the site for start of construction has stopped,” an ONR statement said.

NNB GenCo said it is retaining a core staff to maintain oversight of the continuing program of activities associated with development of the detailed design, production of site specific nuclear safety case documentation and construction planning, ONR said.

“ONR is monitoring the impact of the budget constraint upon NNB GenCo Ltd’s competency and capability,” ONR said. “Furthermore, ONR inspectors continue to engage with the programme of design and safety case activities so that ONR is ready to respond when NNB GenCo decides to fully remobilize the project.”

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