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Hanson UK delivers materials for Hinkley Point C by sea

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Thousands of tonnes of aggregates from Hanson UK’s Whatley quarry, near Frome, will be transported by sea to the site of EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C (HPC) new nuclear power station in Somerset, now that the project’s jetty is fully operational.

The 500 m long jetty – longer than any other pier in the Southwest – will help avoid the need for tens of thousands of lorry journeys and their associated emissions during the course of its construction.

“The jetty supports EDF Energy in its efforts to deliver the UK’s largest construction project as efficiently and sustainably as possible, and will play a crucial role in helping to reduce the number of lorry movements while reducing emissions and providing less traffic disruption to local communities," said Stewart Cameron, Head of Nuclear Operations at Hanson UK.

As well as aggregate, Hanson provided raw materials for the concrete used in HPC’s record-breaking 9000 m3 continuous pour for the foundations on which all of the first nuclear reactor’s buildings will sit. It also supplied 51 000 m3 of concrete, 2.5 million t of aggregates, 210 000 t of marine sand, 65 000 t of cement, 105 000 t of Regen ground granulated blastfurnace slag, and 125 000 t of asphalt for the project to date.

HPC is committed to using local construction materials and over £1 billion has been spent directly with businesses in the Southwest. More than 4000 people are working onsite and, once complete, the new nuclear plant will provide low carbon electricity for around 6 million homes.

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