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Hitachi UK nuclear plans edge forward with reactor design assessment via businessGreen

Ministers instruct Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency to assess suitability of Advanced Boiling Water Reactor

Plans for a new fleet of nuclear power stations took a step forward today, after Ministers ordered an official assessment of the nuclear reactors that developer Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy plans to use at its recently acquired sites in the UK.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirmed Ministers had instructed the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency to carry out a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) on the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWRs) Hitachi hopes to deploy at Wylfa in Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucestershire.

“New nuclear has a central role to play in our energy future, delivering secure, low carbon power and supporting jobs and economic growth,” said Energy Minister John Hayes in a statement. “Hitachi’s commitment to the UK is extremely welcome, and I am determined that we work closely with the company to deliver their planned investment.

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