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World's largest crane gets to work at Hinkley.

THE world's largest crane has arrived begin work on the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point on the opposite side of the River Severn.

Standing at 656ft (250m) tall, the massive crane is known as Big Carl, after Carl Sarens the father of the Belgian family business which made it. Able to carry 5,000 tonnes in a single lift, Big Carl is expected to be at Hinkley, Somerset, for the next four years.

Construction workers were dwarfed as they stood underneath the base of Big Carl, which canreach higher than the tallest tower at London's Canary Wharf.

The PS20bn Hinkley Point C project is one of the largest and most complex projects in Europe and will take 10 years to complete.

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<B A construction worker walks underneath the rear counterweights, consisting of 52 100-tonne ballast-filled containers of 'Big Carl', the world's largest crane, at Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Sep 13, 2019
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