Horizon Nuclear Power has welcomed the signing of assessment agreements between the UK nuclear regulators and Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy (Hitachi-GE), which opens the door to progression of the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) through the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process.
Hitachi-GE has signed an agreement with the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency (EA) which will enable the company to support work undertaken during the design assessment.
Horizon Chief Operating Officer Alan Raymant said: “Now that the assessment agreements are in place, Hitachi-GE will be able to begin a meaningful preparatory process for their first major submissions to the regulator later this year”.
“GDA is a long-term and rigorous process, which will ultimately determine whether the regulators will consider the ABWR suitable for construction in the UK. The ABWR is a proven international reactor, operating at four sites in japan, and licensed in the USA and Taiwan. We look forward to supporting Hitachi-GE throughout the GDA”. Ken Sato, General Manager, Licensing, Hitachi Europe Limited for Hitachi-GE said: “We are very pleased to have made such swift progress over the recent months. We will now work to develop strong and credible submissions to the regulators, which we hope to make during this year”.
“With the support of Horizon we will take the UK ABWR through the GDA process. This is a key early step and we look forward to the development of between four and six ABWR reactors in the UK”.