D-Drill staff shows their skills at Hinkley Point

Published 16/4 at 16:07

Skilled D-Drill operatives have undertaken further key drilling and sawing operations at Hinkley Point power station.

Over the course of the past eight years, the company’s Plymouth and Alton offices have worked on several projects at the site, with work at the power station included drilling into the concrete that will potentially provide the foundations for the new Hinkley Point C to help to test its strength and suitability. 

The most recent work involved a major concrete sawing job at Hinkley Point B nuclear power station to help break up a significant area of concrete to make way for a new piece of machinery. The D-Drill team utilised a special 1.2m diamond saw blade that could cut the 1m high x 5m x 4m area so that it could then be broken up into smaller, more manageable sections.

In order to carry out any controlled demolition at the power station, D-Drill has had to submit very stringent methodology, risk assessment and health & safety procedures in advance. That pre-planning, as well as the skilled execution, ensured the work was a success.

“We are a trusted supplier at Hinkley Point, and this latest work is a further example of our ability to plan and deliver a project in this kind of environment. We work with hospitals, cathedrals, waterworks, nuclear power stations and a range of other sensitive locations – and we pride ourselves on working to time and to budget even within delicate, complex surroundings,” said managing director of D-Drill, Julie White.

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