Apr 24, 2018

Regulators accept Nugen's AP1000 design

UK nuclear regulators have accepted the nuclear company NuGen's AP1000 reactor design to be deployed at Moorside.


The award marks the end of a decade-long process involving Westinghouse, the designer of the AP1000, after completing a robust and exhaustive dialogue with the nuclear regulators to ensure the reactor design is suitable for construction in the UK. It confirms that the reactors used in West Cumbria will meet the regulators' expectations on safety, security and environmental protection. NuGen, through its own in-house Design Authority, now takes ownership of and responsibility for the design in relation to the AP1000 reactors at Moorside.

NuGen will now process applications with regulators for a nuclear site licence, and will work on gaining consents and permits to construct, operate and eventually decommission Moorside Power Station. NuGen CEO, Tom Samson, welcomed the news as a major step forward for Moorside and for the UK's mission to deliver secure, low-carbon electricity for generations to come.

Mr. Samson added: "Moorside's three reactors will provide seven per cent of the UK's electricity needs from a low-carbon source. This project will be transformational for Cumbria, and the North of England and will offer unrivalled employment, skills and supply chain opportunities in line with the Government's work on industrial strategy."

When fully operational, the planned Moorside reactors will have a combined capacity of up to 3.8GW gross, enough to power up to six million homes. The first of the three Westinghouse AP1000® reactors is targeted to come online in the mid-2020s. NuGen's Moorside Project will help support the UK Government's low carbon and energy security objectives at a time when existing power plants are retiring and low-carbon generation is required to meet national and international commitments.

Construction of the new reactors will create thousands of skilled jobs over the next decade, and the project is expected to significantly boost the local, regional and national economies, with a large portion of the development and construction programmes accessible to the UK supply chain.

Source: NuGen



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