GE-Hitachi nuclear consortium moves closer to building U.K. reactor

GE-Hitachi moved a step closer to its goal of building new nuclear power plants at Wylfa and Oldbury in the U.K.

Regulators in the U.K. are ready to start the second phase of the reactor’s design assessment for the GE-Hitachi consortium’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) design. The consortium is simultaneously asking for public comments on the design.

GE-Hitachi is seeking to build about five reactors at two sites in Britain that it bought from German utility companies E.On and RWE, but no reactors can be built without approvals from the reactor design. The process is expected to wrap up by the end of 2017.

Should the reactors be built, they would be the U.K.’s first commercial boiling water reactors as well as the first new nuclear power plants in the U.K. in two decades.

Regulators have been working with GE-Hitachi since January 2013 to explain the regulatory system and understand the consortium’s proposals.

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