Hitachi chief welcomes progress on UK nuclear reactor design

Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd., (“Hitachi-GE”) has welcomed the UK government’s request to the country’s nuclear regulators to begin discussions on the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR).

Hitachi-GE, which acquired the Horizon nuclear project at the end of last year had approached the government at the start of this month seeking GDA for the technology for the project’s sites at Wylfa and Oldbury.
Masaharu Hanyu
Mr Masaharu Hanyu, Vice President and Executive Officer, CEO, Nuclear Power Systems, Power Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd. said: “Today’s announcement from the Minister of State marks the start of an important process for the ABWR, for Hitachi-GE and for Horizon Nuclear Power. The UK GDA is a rigorous and thorough process and we look forward to having our initial discussions with the regulators.

“The ABWR is a proven reactor design, which has been constructed to time and budget at four locations in Japan, and is also licensed in the USA and Taiwan. We look forward to making sustained progress with the regulators in the months ahead”.

Hitachi will look to build two to three 1300 MW plants at each of Horizon’s sites at Wylfa, Anglesey, Wales and Oldbury, South Gloucestershire, England with the first unit becoming operational in the first half of 2020s.

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