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In pictures: EDF shows off world’s largest crane at Hinkley

EDF has unveiled the world’s largest crane at Hinkley Point C.

The machine, dubbed ‘Big Carl’ after designer Carl Sarens, stands at up to 250 m tall and can carry 5,000 tonnes in a single lift.

The Sarens SGC-250 crane will be used to aid in Hinkley’s use of modular construction allowing large components to be built in covered factory conditions on site, EDF said in a statement.

The SGC-250 runs along 6 km of rail track and can lift the equivalent of 32 single-storey houses or 1,600 cars.

Hinkley Point C construction director Rob Jordan said: “The crane is an impressive piece of kit and a world beater.

“It allows us to innovate in the way we build the power station, lifting complete pieces out of our factory bunkers and into place across the site.

“Pre-fabrication helps us boost quality, gives better conditions for skilled workers and saves time – that’s good news for the project and an example of learning lessons from success at other projects.”

Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues TP joint venture Bylor will use the SGC-250 as they complete the main civil engineering works at Hinkley Point C, including the five major sections of the steel containment liner and dome for reactor buildings.

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