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Osprey Group shifts 520-tonne steam generator for nuclear project

Osprey Group delivers a steam generator for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project.

British heavy lifting and engineering company, Osprey Group, has successfully delivered the first of eight 520-tonne steam generators to the Hinkley Point C nuclear project.

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Announced via a press release through Hinkley Point C’s website on May 12, the first generator was delivered safely after a long voyage by sea and road.

To complete the project, Osprey deployed a range of Scheuerle SPMTs for the road transportation and its 1554-tonne flat-top barge, the Osprey Aurora Maya, to complete the sea voyage.

The 25m long steam generators will take heat from the nuclear reactors to create steam to power the world’s largest turbines.  The generator’s arrival is in time for the fit out of the new power station, which will see the first nuclear reactor installed later this year. It was delivered in February last year.

The steam generator travelled the final four miles by road transporter after arriving from Avonmouth at Combwich Wharf on the River Parrett in Somerset.

Four will be placed in each reactor building, operating at an average temperature of 295 degrees for at least 60 years. The generators’ design, manufacturing and testing took six years.

News of Osprey’s delivery of the steam generators comes after Hinkley Point C released stunning images of the world’s largest land-based crane, Sarens’ SGC 250 – or ‘Big Carl’, as it’s colloquially known – lifting a 245-tonne dome and 750-tonne polar crane above the reactor building’s third steel liner ring.

The Hinkley Point C nuclear project is projected to power six million homes in the UK with zero carbon electricity, according to a press release from EDF.


Osprey Group delivers a steam generator for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project.
Image: Hinkley Point C.
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