Heavy engineering project for Hinkley Point C jetty development
Due to Blackhill Engineering’s heavy engineering capability and their unique 50 tonne lifting capability in the South West of England, they secured the contract to act as subcontractor for this project.
This is Blackhill’s largest project to date in terms of tonnage, as the work involving over 650 tonnes of steel. Blackhill fabricated the 30 steel caps required for the piles supporting the top of the jetty, and the 48 steel bridge beams spanning the piles, some of which measured up to 14 metres long.
The temporary jetty, which will extend 500m into the Bristol Channel, is designed to shift freight movement of cement, sand and aggregates away from local roads to more sustainable sea transportation. Some 80 per cent of the aggregates needed to build Hinkley Point C will be delivered to site via the jetty.
The contract represents a further breakthrough into the nuclear sector for Blackhill, which has also completed its first contract with Magnox to manufacture equipment to support nuclear decommissioning work at their Winfrith site in Dorset.
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