The Environment Agency has told the Chinese nuclear developer behind plans to build a new reactor in Essex that it must resolve at least six safety issues before it can move forward. The issues identified by the environment watchdog in its early assessments of the plans for the site in Bradwell include concerns over how China General Nuclear Group (CGN) will dispose of radioactive waste. The agency has opened a consultation calling for views on its assessment and there is likely to be strong criticism from environmentalists and local community groups who oppose the new plant. The EA has been scrutinising the plans since 2017 and has also identified concerns over how CGN plans to use its operational experience “to inform and improve the design”, its plans to respond to safety and environment protection assessments, and its use of high-efficiency particulate air filters. “If the issues are not resolved or new issues are identified but not resolved, then we would consider only issuing an interim statement of design acceptability. Our aim is to complete our detailed assessment of the design in early 2022,” McGoff said.
Guardian 11th Jan 2021 read more »
Assessing new nuclear power station designs: Generic design assessment of General Nuclear System Limited UK Hualong pressurised water reactor (UK HPR1000). Consultation untilo 4th April 2021.
EA 11th Jan 2021 read more »
The Environment Agency (EA) is inviting views on a new nuclear power station design as it publishes its assessment so far of the UK Hualong Pressurised water Reactor (UK HPR1000). The UK HPR1000 is based on the Hualong one power plant, which is designed by China General Nuclear Group.
EA & ONR 11th Jan 2021 read more »
At this stage we’ve identified six potential GDA issues that need to be resolved before we’d consider issuing a Statement of Design Acceptability for the UK HPR1000. One of these potential issues actually relates to the use of learning from experience. General Nuclear System Ltd, who are acting for the designers, are continuing to work to resolve these and our assessment will continue. We will also be carefully considering all of the comments we receive so please let us hear your views.
Environment Agency 11th Jan 2021 read more »
The UK’s Environment Agency (EA) has published its assessment so far of the UK Hualong One pressurised water reactor (UK HPR1000) as it invites public comment on this proposed new reactor design. The UK HPR1000 is the Hualong One design that General Nuclear Services (GNS) – a subsidiary of EDF and China General Nuclear (CGN) – proposes to use at a prospective new nuclear power plant in Bradwell, England.
World Nuclear News 11th Jan 2021 read more »
Slowly yet surely, 2020 may be the year when the tide began to turn and the fortunes of the Chinese project began to ebb. The signs of change can be found in three areas: First, is the area of public and stakeholder reaction. Reaction to the plans was overwhelmingly hostile. BANNG, together with the newly formed Bradwell B Action Network (BAN) provided focus and leadership for the campaign to oppose Bradwell B. Organisations like the RSPB, the Essex Wildlife Trust and even the Environment Agency were scathing in their criticism, emphasising the contrast between the plans’ economic ambitions and the inadequate ambition for the environment and lack of detailed information given by the developer. The public response was uninhibited, a mixture of incredulity and anger, illustrated by this response: ‘To blithely hand over such a development as Bradwell B to a powerful autonomous nation such as China compounds this recklessness to a preposterous level’. Second, is the local political arena. Initially, all the main local authorities welcomed the power station for the potential jobs and wealth it would bring but making clear support was contingent on environmental protection and improvement. Colchester was the first to break ranks from this consensus declaring ‘This Council objects to new nuclear at Bradwell due to the local environmental impacts and prefers a focus on renewable energy alternatives’. It was followed by Maldon who rejected an application for land investigations and decided ‘to reconsider its position’ on its long-standing ‘in principle’ support for nuclear power. The third area of change is in the arena of government policy. By the end of the year a long-awaited Energy White Paper gave a less than ringing endorsement of nuclear power indicating the Government would talk with EDF about financing Sizewell C. Beyond that, the Government ‘will remain open to other projects if the nuclear industry demonstrates that it is able to reduce costs and deliver to time and budget.’. On Bradwell B specifically the White Paper is almost silent.
BANNG 11th Jan 2021 read more »