A large Dutch jack-up barge has been moved from the Hinkley Point nuclear power station complex on the Somerset coast – to a position off Penarth.
It appears the lyrically named barge – called “NP 497” – is to be engaged in laying undersea pipelines to provide cooling water to the new Hinkley C reactor. [ It’s the mud being excavated to lay these pipelines which is the cause of the controversy between EDF, the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Welsh Assembly]
An authiritative PDN source says that contrary to earlier reports that the barge was to take shelter off Penarth during the stormy weather predicted for the rest of this week, it’s now understood that the vessel will be moved to Avonmouth Docks from where it will pick up sections for the new jetty being constructed adjacent to Hinkley Point’s new Hinkley 3 nuclear reactor.
The rig left Hinkley Point at just after 07:30 this morning and was being secured with multiple anchors off Penarth as darkness fell this afternoon to await a turn of the tide.
South Westerly winds of up to 50 mph are expected over the next 3 days.