Nuclear reactor to undergo generic design assessment

The Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency have signed agreements to enable the start of their assessment of the UK Advanced Boiling Water reactor (ABWR) of Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy.  

In January, the Minister of State for Energy asked the regulators to undertake a generic design assessment (GDA) of Hitachi-GE’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor.

All parties have now signed a formal charging agreement and regulatory nuclear interface protocol.

These documents make clear that all costs for assessing the design will be charged to Hitachi-GE and will ensure formal arrangements for engagement.

The next step is for Hitachi-GE to submit documentation for assessment, which is scheduled to be delivered in autumn 2013.

ONR and the Environment Agency will now begin formal preparatory work with Hitachi-GE about the timescales and resources involved in assessing this new design.