Sarens New Depot for Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power station – Heavy Lift News
16 Aug 2018

Sarens New Depot for Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power station

The SGC 250 crane which is to be deploid at Hinkley Point – image Sarens

Date 16 August 2018

Sarens is proud to announce the opening of its newest crane depot at Highbridge near Burnham on Sea, Somerset in the UK. The new depot is just a few kilometres from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power station, currently one of the largest construction projects in Europe. 

The new Sarens Hinkley Point depot is located in a secure area that currently has the capacity to hold five cranes, with the possibility of future expansion. The site also features a small office and welfare facilities for crane operators. 

The Hinkley Point depot will supply cost-effective, timely service to customers working on the HPC project, which is expected to be ongoing for the next 8-10 years. It will also serve additional projects across South West England. 

Clients will have access to the highest quality equipment at the depot, including three brand new Demag telescopic cranes with a capacity of 100, 160, and 220 tonnes.

As we reported in January Sarens announced plans that they will unveil the new SGC 250 crane for a high-profile project on behalf of joint venture clients Bouygues Travaux Publics of France and Laing O’Rourke Construction of the UK. The nearly 4-year project, valued in excess of £20 million, involves the construction of a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point, Somerset, UK. 

The SGC 250 will be mobilized overland from Gent to a nearby lay down yard before it is shuttled to the project site. An estimated 280 trucks will be required to deliver the entire SGC, though at the moment the narrow lanes leading to the site only allow 10 trucks per day. Plans are in the works for a purpose-built access road at the site, but a lot of planning will still need to go into all the logistics of delivery. 

One of the new Demag telescopic cranes to be based at the new depot  – Photograph Sarens

Source Sarens

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