The U.K.’s nuclear regulator has approved Hitachi-GE’s new nuclear reactor design, clearing the way for Hitachi’s Horizon nuclear power unit to build a nuclear project in Britain. The regulators said the new reactor design meets regulatory expectations on safety, security and environmental protection. Hitachi’s Horizon plans to construct at least 5.4 GW of new nuclear capacity at two sites in Britain, at Wylfa Newydd in Wales and Oldbury-on-Severn in England, with enough electricity to power ~10M homes. Hitachi-GE, owned 60% by Hitachi and 40% by GE, is the Japan-based sibling of North Carolina-based GE-Hitachi, which is owned 60% by GE and 40% by Hitachi.
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The Japanese-made advanced boiling water reactor will be the fifth of its type in the world, Hitachi said, with four currently operational in Japan and two more under construction. The firm will now need to organize financing for the project by mid-2018 and is reportedly discussing options for public funding with the government, which has come under fire for its financing of EDF’s Hinkley Point C project.
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Four generation III + ABWRs have previously been successfully built and operated – all to time and budget – making ABWR the world’s most established modern design. ABWR has now achieved approvals under four different regulatory regimes worldwide. Hitachi has been continuously involved in construction of power plants for more than 40 years, and developed the ABWR in collaboration with various international partners. Hitachi has participated in the design, development and construction of 23 nuclear power plants in Japan, with BWRs including ABWRs. The ABWR is a Generation III + reactor, the most modern and well-established operational generation of nuclear power stations in the world. The main features include enhanced safety, higher operability, reduced dose equivalent and enhanced cost efficiency during construction and operation. UK ABWR includes those amendments agreed with ONR, EA & NRW, specific to the UK operating environment.
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