Simone Rossi

Simone Rossi

EDF chief says Hinkley Point C is on track

Simone Rossi praised the ongoing work at Hinkley Point C during his first public speech since taking up his new role in November.

Hinkley Point C, the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK for a generation, is ‘on track’ despite the scale of the project, EDF’s Simone Rossi said today (17 Jan).

Speaking in Somerset, Rossi said progress on work at the powerplant is “going well” and believes it is “on track for its next big milestones.”

He also stated that EDF would be able to build a second nuclear power plant for 20% less than the cost of Hinkley Point C if it wished, by replicating the construction techniques of this project.

Speaking about the development, he said: “Today there are almost 3,000 people on the site and there will soon be more than 5,000 working there, on a project that is on track for its next big milestones.  

“We’ve moved more than four million cubic metres of earth – that’s like digging a hole two and a half times as big as the Millennium stadium in Cardiff.  We are already installing the huge sea water cooling pipes. Soon the boring machines will arrive for the 11kms of tunnels which will be dug under the Bristol Channel.

“One of the main focuses at site is what we call J-zero – June 2019 - when we start building the power station’s structures above ground. That can only happen once the foundations are in place for the first unit. All our 2018 goals will help us to achieve this major milestone on schedule by June 2019.

“Beyond J-zero, our goal is to put the first unit into service by the end of 2025. Are we confident that we can deliver by 2025? Yes, we are confident.”