Big Carl makes his first big lift


December 20, 2019 – Big Carl, the 5,000-tonne capacity crane working at Hinkley Point C, has made its first big lift.

At 4.30am on Wednesday 18th December 2019, on one of the coldest nights of the year, the 250-metre tall SGC-250 crane lifted a 170-tonne prefabricated part of the reactor’s steel containment liner into place.

The lift had been planned to take advantage of a small weather window and it marks the end of a year where all the milestones for the new nuclear power station were met, client EDF Energy said.

The ring-mounted crane was specially designed and built by Belgian heavylift specialist Sarens for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project in Somerest. Named after the company’s director of technical solutions, Carl Sarens, Big Carl is working for Bylor, the Bouygues/Laing O’Rourke joint venture that has the £2.8bn main contract for the two reactor buildings and main civil engineering works.

Hinkley Point C managing director Stuart Crooks said: “The first big lift is another impressive achievement and I want to thank the teams who’ve worked so hard to make this possible. The experience from civil and nuclear construction and operation across the world at Hinkley Point C is first class and I am pleased to say that we have ended 2019 with all milestones achieved.

“We know that Hinkley Point C’s success is essential in the fight against climate change – in a future when renewables and nuclear will be needed to fill an energy gap as we move away from polluting fossil fuels.”



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