GE Hitachi, DTE Energy to Advance Nuclear Reactor Design

GE Hitachi, DTE Energy to Advance Nuclear Reactor Design

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) announced plans to advance the detailed design of the Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR).
“DTE and GEH will further expand our cooperation by determining resource requirements and developing plans to advance the ESBWR design, enabling DTE Energy to be in a position to more readily begin work should the utility decide at a later date to add more carbon-free, baseload power to its energy mix,” said GE Hitachi Chief Operations Officer Jay Wileman.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the reactor design in September 2014, and gave DTE a combined operating and construction license (COL) in May 2015. DTE said it has not made plans to build an ESBWR as the third reactor at the Fermi nuclear power plant in Michigan, but it is keeping all options open.
The ESBWR is designed to cool itself for seven days without any on-site or off-site power or operator intervention, and uses 25 percent fewer pumps and mechanical drives than reactors with active safety systems. Dominion Virginia Power (NYSE: D) also picked the ESBWR as their technology of choice for a third reactor at the North Anna site. Dominion expects to receive its COL by next year.
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