Letter David Lowry: Your energy editor Andrew Ward reports (December 19) that Horizon Energy, a consortium of Hitachi of Japan and GE of the US, has cleared one obstacle to building a new nuclear plant on Anglesey by securing the sign-off by the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency, for the Design Acceptance Confirmation document. However, having read hundreds of pages of documentation the joint regulators released on the generic design assessment (GDA) for the Hitachi-GE advanced boiling water reactor design I could find only two paragraphs (section 5.17) that mention nuclear security issues, despite the fact that the ONR has a joint safety and security legal responsibility. How is it possible there is such a disparity in published coverage of the twin mission of the ONR? ONR notes that “at a later stage, the future licensee will need to develop site-specific arrangements that are compatible with ONR’s security assessment principles”. But when EDF Energy submitted its GDA documentation it published a full report on security issues for Hinkley C; more recently the China National Nuclear Corporation has also provided a full report on security dimensions for its Hualong-1 reactor design destined for Bradwell in Essex. Horizon has not produced single public document on security for its own GDA, yet ONR asserts, without providing any evidence, that it “is satisfied that Hitachi-GE has satisfactorily conducted a comprehensive vital areas (VA) identification analysis (using a UK design basis threat), and has generated a well-defined list of areas requiring protection”. If I were a resident on the Isle of Anglesey I would not be sanguine over this totally unacceptable secrecy surrounding the giant nuclear plant Horizon wants to build. I would be demanding that ONR provide evidence.
FT 21st Dec 2017 read more »
Duncan Hawthorne, CEO of Horizon Nuclear Power, says a consensus is forming across government and industry that the Hinkley financing model – which involved EDF and its Chinese partner CGN covering the entire cost of construction – will not be repeated, according to his comments to the Financial Times published yesterday. Horizon is the UK subsidiary of Hitachi-GE, which regulators informed last week had successfully completed the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process for its UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR).
World Nuclear News 20th Dec 2017 read more »
GMB welcomes thumbs up for new welsh nuclear reactors at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey.
GMB 20th Dec 2017 read more »