Next step for design of new UK nuclear plants

Nuclear regulators will today begin the second phase of assessment of the design for two new nuclear power plants in the UK. This is step two of four which regulators must go through before approving Hitachi’s design for reactors at Wylfa in Anglesey and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire. The design is called the UK Advanced […]

Approval of UK nuclear reactors draws closer

The reactor planned for new nuclear power stations in the UK is on course to be approved by the “end of the year”. The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency identified 31 issues last year to be resolved on the EPR reactor design chosen by EDF Energy and Areva for new plants at […]

New UK nuclear reactor designs approved

The UK’s new nuclear power programme reached an “important milestone” today as designs for two new nuclear reactors were provisionally accepted by safety and environment regulators. The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency granted “interim acceptance” to the generic designs for both EDF and AREVA UK’s EPR reactor (pictured) and Westinghouse’s AP1000 reactor. […]

GDA report published

The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency have completed their initial assessment of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the two proposed new reactor designs, AREVA and EDF’s UK EPR and the Westinghouse Electric Company’s AP1000. For both designs, the ONR and the EA say some issues remain, which they are confident that […]

ELN reports from New Nuclear Build 2011

ELN will be reporting from New Nuclear Build over the next two days. The conference held by the Nuclear Industry Association is the first opportunity for big names in the sector to discuss the future of the power in the UK post the Fukushima disaster. The event which takes place at the Queen Elizabeth conference […]

Westinghouse gets nuclear all clear

The American designed Westinghouse nuclear reactor has passed its last major safety hurdle it was announced today. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has agreed to close a ‘regulatory issue’ or RI which was raised against its AP1000 reactor design. The RI centred around concerns about the civil structures around the reactor. The ONR which […]