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Hinkley Point: World's largest crane begins work in Somerset

Hinkley Point: World's largest crane Image copyright PA Media
Image caption The largest crane in the world is now operating in Somerset at Hinkley Point C

The world's largest crane has arrived in the UK to begin work on the nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.

Standing at 656ft (250m) tall, the crane is one of the tallest man-made structures in the west country.

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, in Somerset, for the next four years.

Hinkley Point: World's largest crane
Image caption The crane can reach higher than the tallest tower at London's Canary Wharf
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Hinkley Point: World's largest crane
Image caption Big Carl is five times the height of Wells Cathedral
Crane operator Martin Redmond inside his cab on board "Big Carl" Image copyright PA Media
Image caption It will be used to lift huge sections of the nuclear power station into place, including the roof of the reactor
Hinkley Point: World's largest crane
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Hinkley Point: World's largest crane
Image caption Big Carl is expected to be at Hinkley for the next four years
Construction workers stand underneath the underside and between four massive array of wheels on rails that maneuver "Big Carl", Image copyright PA Media

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The sign of "Big Carl", the world"s largest crane Image copyright PA Media

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