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Hitachi's nuclear reactor design to be assessed for UK construction

15 January 2013

Plans from Japanese firm Hitachi to build up to six new nuclear reactors in the UK has progressed as ministers asked regulators to assess the design.

Photo: Stock.xchng
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Hitachi recently acquired Horizon Nuclear Power and plan to develop new nuclear reactors at Wylfa in Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucestershire.

A Generic Design Assessment (GDA) will now be carried out on Hitachi's Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency. The ABWR is the only Generation III + reactor which has been in operation anywhere in the world, with four ABWRs in Japan, and three others under construction in Japan and Taiwan.

Last month, UK regulators confirmed acceptance of the EDF Energy/Areva designed European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) for UK construction. 

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