UK looks into Hitachi reactor design
The Government today asked regulators to assess the design of the reactor for Horizon’s nuclear power plants. The project’s Japanese owners Hitachi said this marks “important progress” in the project to build two to three new plants in the UK.
Energy Minister John Hayes has asked the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency to conduct a “thorough investigation” into the design of the reactor. This is essential for any new nuclear project to go ahead.
Between four and six of the Advanced Boiling Water reactor (ABWR) will be used at power stations in Wylfa, Wales and Oldbury, Manchester if the regulators approve the design. This kind of reactor already powers several plants in Japan and is licensed in the USA and Taiwan.
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Source: Energy News Live