The objective of a Pre-Project Design review is to verify, at a high level, the acceptability of a nuclear reactor design with respect to Canadian safety requirements and criteria, including the identification of fundamental barriers to licensing a new nuclear power reactor design in Canada.
"Westinghouse is pleased to receive this Phase 2 report and views it as a significant step in bringing the AP1000 design to Canada," said Danny Roderick, Westinghouse president and CEO. "Canada is very familiar with the benefits of clean, safe and reliable nuclear power and Westinghouse is anxious to work within Canada's existing nuclear infrastructure to extend those benefits well into the 21st-century."
According to CNSC, the Phase 1 review involves an overall assessment of a presented conceptual reactor design against the most recent CNSC design requirements for new nuclear power plants in Canada. Phase 2 goes into further detail and focuses on identifying any potential fundamental barriers to licensing a reactor design in Canada.
For Phase 2, Westinghouse presented a completed AP1000 reactor design, providing a significantly higher level of assurance that the AP1000 design has taken into account Canadian regulatory requirements and expectations, safety analysis methodologies, and lessons learned from Fukushima. Additionally, as in the Phase 1 review, the Phase 2 review of the AP1000 reactor was conducted against all related CNSC regulatory documents and Canadian codes and standards.
The AP1000 plant is the first Generation III+ design to receive design certification from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In addition to the United States and Canada, the AP1000 plant has undergone detailed reviews in China and the United Kingdom. Eight AP1000 units are currently under construction worldwide, with four units each in the United States and in China.
Westinghouse continues to demonstrate the economic benefits of these projects in the locations where they are under construction and is interested in the bringing its AP1000 technology to Canada. More than 50 suppliers located in Ontario are already supporting these existing AP1000 projects.