Horizon Nuclear Power has signed an agreement with the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) which paves the way for it to begin purchasing major equipment for its Wylfa Newydd development.
Certain parts of the new nuclear reactor and associated technologies are designated as „Long Lead Items‟ (LLIs) as they take a significant amount of time to manufacture and are needed early in the construction phase. They therefore need to be ordered well in advance of nuclear construction beginning on site and in order for Wylfa Newydd to start generating in the first half of the 2020s. To enable this process to begin Horizon has signed a Deed with ONR to give the regulator oversight of Horizon‟s procurement activities for the LLIs, which includes the reactor pressure vessels, in advance of Horizon applying for a full Nuclear Site Licence at Wylfa.
Janet Wilson, Licensing and Permitting Director at Horizon said:
“This is a significant milestone for Horizon as it marks another step in our journey towards becoming a Nuclear Site Licensee and the construction and operation of Wylfa Newydd. The Deed is a sign of how we have grown and developed as an organisation over the last few years and we look forward to strengthening our working relationship with the ONR still further as our project advances.”
Under the Deed, Horizon will inform ONR of its schedule for procurement and make documents, activities, and premises relating to the procurement of LLIs available for inspection. Horizon will also work with the regulator to ensure that all procurement activities for the LLIs are in compliance with the ONR‟s standard licence conditions.
The centre will open on September 30 and will co-ordinate Hitachi’s nuclear research activities in Europe as well as provide “additional resources to facilitate the development of safe and efficient nuclear power technologies based on advanced plant maintenance technology and proven decommissioning techniques in Europe”.
Hitachi will utilize the new base to conduct joint research with UK and European universities to bring together the leading technologies developed in Europe and Hitachi’s Boiling Water Reactor technology.
It will work on developing “safer and more efficient nuclear power technologies, including technology to reduce the level of radiation exposure to plant personnel, and technology to raise plant utilization”
Hitachi will also undertake R&D on reducing the volume of waste and lowering the cost of decommissioning.
The opening of the centre comes as the UK hopes to launch a renaissance of nuclear power. Eight sites are earmarked for new reactors, with the first – Hinkley Point C- awaiting the outcome of an EU State Aid probe before operator EDF makes the final investment decision to go ahead.
Hitachi hopes to build new reactors at Wylfa in Wales and Oldbury in England.
Since April, Hitachi has been collaborating with the University of Manchester on technology to reduce the level of radiation exposure in annual inspection.
Source: Power Engineering International
People can now have their say on plans for the construction of a new nuclear power station in Wales.
Horizon Nuclear Power has set up a 10-week consultation period, starting on 29th September, for the proposed Wylfa Newydd power station on Anglesey, which would have a minimum generating capacity of up to 2.7GW.
The company believes the consultation is a major step in the planning process and is the first time people will be able to view its proposals in detail.
Alan Raymant, CEO at Horizon said: “Wylfa Newydd is a major investment in the region and brings with it a wide range of benefits, from the economic to the educational, so we want to encourage people to take the time to get involved and understand what the project means for them, for the local area and for Wales and the UK more widely.”
The current Wylfa power station, which started operation in 1971, is expected to close later this year.
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Wylfa nuclear power station closed for five months
Reactor one was shut down on 6 January for maintenance work and the discovery of further problems has delayed re-starting the station twice.
The latest repairs are to a damaged pipe which was spotted by workers on 13 June but there are hopes to restart the plant again in two weeks.
The 43-year-old facility is planned to close later this year.
A Wylfa spokesman said no radioactive material was involved in the incidents.
He said reactor one was planned to be out of action for 100 days from 6 January, but when staff tried to restart the station during the Easter Bank Holiday it was discovered that repairs were then needed to one of the turbines and a gas circulator.
A pipe leak found on 13 June has resulted in further delays to the reactor start-up.
Following a return to service, the power station will continue to produce energy until the 30 September, with a possible extension to December 2015 if safety checks can be passed.
A second reactor at Wylfa was shut down on 25 April 2012, bringing to end 41 years of service.
There are plans for a new nuclear power station on a neighbouring site, at a cost of £8bn.
Horizon Nuclear Power want to put what are known as Advanced Boiling Water Reactors on the site, next to the ageing Magnox plant.
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Horizon Nuclear Power to expand into new headquarters
Nuclear power company Horizon has announced it will be moving to new, custom-built premises at Gloucester Business Park.
The firm is creating hundreds of new jobs at its headquarters as it boosts its team to around 400 people, to be followed by thousands in the construction and operation of nuclear power stations in North Wales, and later, in Gloucestershire.
The company, formed in 2009, is behind the development of nuclear power stations at Wylfa on Anglesey and near Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Horizon will eventually employ up to a thousand people at each of its power station sites once operational, with a peak construction workforce of up to 6000.
Horizon currently employs 150 people but is rapidly recruiting at a rate of around 100 people per year as its projects gather momentum. The new headquarters will be available from 2016.
Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer of Horizon Nuclear Power, said:
“Horizon is growing quickly. Our activity continues to ramp up and we’re developing an organisation capable of delivering large-scale, complex, infrastructure projects.
“These first-class headquarters demonstrate the commitment of Hitachi and Horizon to establishing the resources and infrastructure needed to support this exciting multi-billion pound programme.”
This is the latest in a series of significant developments for the company. In December, Horizon signed a co-operation agreement with the Treasury, designed to support project financing, and a series of “framework contracts” with major UK based engineering companies. In January, the “UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor” technology proposed for both sites moved to the second of four stages in the Government’s “Generic Design Assessment” regulatory process for new nuclear reactors in the UK.
For more information on Horizon Nuclear Power, including supplier registration and job opportunities, visitwww.horizonnuclearpower.com
Source: Horizon Nuclear Power
UK Gives Consent For Decommissioning Of Wylfa
The ONR said the decision follows “extensive consultation” and takes into account factors such as the information provided by licensee, Magnox Limited, the conclusion that environmental benefits will outweigh any detriments and the prediction there will be “no significant effects on other countries”.
Magnox Ltd originally obtained consent to decommission Wylfa’s two 490-megawatt gas-cooled reactors in March 2009, expecting that commercial operation of both units would be halted within five years.
However, due to extended electricity generation, Wylfa is not expected to shut down completely and begin decommissioning until around the end of 2014 or possibly later depending on operational plans, the ONR said. By this time the current consent will have expired and so Wylfa sought new consent.