Big Carl takes the strain: World's largest crane lifts steel ring into place at ...

Big Carl takes the strain: World's largest crane lifts 1,600-ton steel ring as Britain's latest nuclear power plant takes shape at Hinkley Point The 820ft tall crane is being used in the construction of a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point C, Somerset It will help to lift a 55ft tall 154ft wide metal ring on to the structure - the second of three for the big build The prefabricated steel ring forms part of reinforced cylinder around the nuclear reactor of the power plant Big Carl will lift more than 500 prefabricated steel and concrete elements - weighing up to 1,600 tonnes

By James Robinson and James Gant For Mailonline

Published: 12:27 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 12:32 BST, 4 May 2021

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These impressive pictures capture the moment the world's largest crane lifts a massive steel ring at the site of a new nuclear power station in the UK.

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Nicknamed 'Big Carl', the massive machine, which stands at a mighty 820ft tall, lifted the giant metal structure into position at Hinckley Point C in Somerset.

It is the second of three prefabricated steel rings to form the reinforced cylinder around the new nuclear reactor at the new £23billion power station.

Along with the rings, Belgian-owned Big Carl will lift more than 500 prefabricated steel and concrete elements weighing up to 1,600 tonnes as part of the build.

Owned and operated by Brussels-based crane company Sarens, 'Big Carl' can carry 5,000 tonnes in a single lift.  

These impressive pictures capture the moment the world's largest crane lifts a massive steel ring at a UK power station

These impressive pictures capture the moment the world's largest crane lifts a massive steel ring at a UK power station

Nicknamed 'Big Carl', the massive machine, which stands at 820ft tall, lifted the giant metal structure into position at Hinckley Point C

Nicknamed 'Big Carl', the massive machine, which stands at 820ft tall, lifted the giant metal structure into position at Hinckley Point C

Big Carl: In facts and figures 

Height: 850ft tall

Weight: Around 10,000 tonnes

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Reach of: 900ft

Capable of lifting: 5,000 tonnes 

Supported by: 52 counterweight containers weighing 100 tonnes each 

Powered by: 12 engines

Owned by: Belgian crane company Sarens 

How did it get here: Transported from Belgium on over 250 trucks 

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