UK regulators approve new nuclear reactor design

A new design for a nuclear reactor has been approved by regulators in the UK. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency and Natural Resource Wales, confirmed the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) designed by Hitachi-GE is suitable for construction. They are satisfied the reactor meets regulatory expectations on safety, security […]

New wave of nuclear apprentices join project

The next generation of workers at the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant in Anglesey have started their three-year apprenticeships. Horizon Nuclear Power welcomed the 11 new apprentices from schools across North Wales to the operations team that will run the nuclear power station once it is built. Gerwyn Williams, Horizon’s Apprenticeship Manager, said: “We’re committed […]

Horizon seeks views on latest proposals for Welsh nuclear plant

A third formal consultation on the latest proposals for a Welsh nuclear power station has been launched. Horizon Nuclear Power is seeking views on Wylfa Newydd, a multi-billion pound nuclear power station on Anglesey. The proposal is for two nuclear reactors with a minimum generating capacity of 2,700MW. It is presenting a more compact design […]

UK nuclear sector welcomes Hinkley

The UK’s nuclear sector has widely welcomed the final go-ahead for Hinkley. Tom Samson, CEO at NuGen told ELN: “We are glad that Hinkley is now going to progress forward, it paves a way for the nuclear new building horizons in the UK, within NuGen is a part. I think it helps demonstrate that this […]

Horizon opts for fewer nuclear reactors at Welsh plant

The Hitachi owned company Horizon Nuclear Power has opted to build fewer nuclear reactors at a proposed nuclear plant in Wales. This means capacity will be 1.3GW lower than it might otherwise have been. Hitachi bought the firm from RWE npower and E.ON last year and said at the time it planned to build two […]

Unions want two nuclear plant designs

MPs and two of Britain’s largest trade unions are concerned only one type of design could be picked by nuclear power firms operating in the UK, potentially jeopardising jobs and energy security. The call comes as the nuclear group behind Horizon Nuclear Power is due to announce its chosen reactor design for a new plant […]

Horizon applies for nuclear power licence

Horizon Nuclear Power has applied to Ofgem for an electricity generation licence for its proposed nuclear power station at Wylfa on the isle of Anglesey. Wylfa was last year included in the government’s draft nuclear National Policy Statement, which listed sites deemed strategically suitable for nuclear development. Horizon Nuclear Power is a joint venture between […]