Horizon Nuclear Power has taken another major step towards delivering The Wylfa Newydd power station with the submission of its application for a Nuclear Site Licence. A Site Licence is one of the main permissions Horizon will need as it looks to build and operate two UK Advanced-Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) units on Anglesey in Wales.
The process to assess the application will take 19 months while the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) assesses whether Horizon can demonstrate it will be in control of all safety related activities on its site. The ONR will only grant a Nuclear Site Licence (NSL) once it is satisfied that Horizon has met the 36 Licence Conditions and licensee obligations required to demonstrate it is capable and competent to install, operate and decommission a nuclear facility. If licensed, Horizon will then be regulated by the ONR for the full lifecycle of the site from construction to decommissioning.
Anthony Webb, Safety and Licensing, Director, Horizon, said, “Today’s announcement marks a significant development in the maturity and growth of Horizon as we get ready to build and operate our lead site at Wylfa Newydd. We already have a proven technology, aligned with experienced leadership, and we are rapidly building the wider capability and organisation to help ensure success. Our focus will now be fully on providing the ONR with confidence in our ability to safely deliver this crucial project.”
In preparation for today’s announcement Horizon recently created a Site Licence Company Board to be chaired by Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon’s Chief Executive. Horizon also appointed experienced industry experts William Doig and Dr Ken Petrunik as independent nonexecutive directors to strengthen the Board’s nuclear credentials.
The nuclear site licence application comes as Horizon prepares to undertake its final stage of community consultation in the summer ahead of submitting its Development Consent Order (DCO) later this year and as its UK ABWR reactor technology progresses through the fourth and final stage of its Generic Design Assessment, on track to complete by the end of Dec 2017.
If consent is granted, Horizon aims to receive all the necessary permissions by the end of 2018