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Hinkley Point C Reaches Key Milestone by Manufacturing The Largest Steam Turbine Ever Built

Hinkley Point C steam turbine

Jessica Tabinor Power, Nuclear and Utilities

It has been announced that GE Power has started manufacturing the first rotor for the Arabelle steam turbine for Hinkley Point C (HPC) project. 

The manufacturing of the steam turbine rotor is a key component of the project as it allows the transfer of the turbine rotating movement to the generator, enabling electrical output.

The production work is being carried out at GE’s centre of excellence in Belfort, France.

The US$1.9bn contract was award in May 2016 and it is believed that the first 1,770MW EPR reactor unit will be completed by 2025. Located in Bridgwater, Somerset, Hinkley Point C will be the UK's first nuclear power plant to be built in more than two decades.

Matthias Schweinfest, Senior Executive Business Operations at GE Power’s Steam Power division, said:                                                                                                                        (Image sourced via GE)

“We are very pleased with the progress of the Hinkley Point C project. We are on track with the project, which is expected to deliver around 7% of the UK’s power generation capacity for the next 60 years.”

“GE’s ARABELLE steam turbine, which represents 6 decades of nuclear steam turbine expertise, is the prime solution to ensure the delivery of clean, reliable power that will bolster the UK’s energy infrastructure.”

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