Hitachi-GE has satisfactorily addressed the requirements of Regulatory Issue 0001 issued in June 2015. The issue represented a serious regulatory shortfall and stated the regulators expectations with respect to Hitachi-GE providing a suitable and sufficient definition and justification for the radioactive source terms in the UK ABWR during normal operations. The radioactive source term is a fundamental part in understanding and therefore being able to control the hazards associated with any nuclear facility. Hitachi-GE presented a resolution plan to address the issue, which is now completed. The regulators are now satisfied with Hitachi-GE’s definition and justification for the source terms for the reactor. This is considered a positive step forward as Hitachi-GE continues to progress through ONR’s step 4 of the GDA process. The regulators remain confident that Design Acceptance Confirmation and Statement of Design Acceptability are achievable in December 2017, subject to timely and quality submissions from Hitachi-GE.
ONR 31st Oct 2016 read more »
Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy announced today it is to provide industry advice to Imperial College and Bangor University’s newly formed Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Research Hub and Network, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding. Cooperation will include part-time deployment of a researcher to Bangor, and building on the existing program of Japanese internships for UK students. Hitachi-GE is already supporting nuclear development in North Wales, providing the UK ABWR reactor to Horizon Nuclear Power for Wylfa Newydd, under contract to delivery team Menter Newydd. President and Representative Director of Hitachi-GE, Hidetoshi Takehara, said: “This is about helping create a deeper and broader pool of BWR expertise here in Wales and across the UK, supporting the engineers and industry of the future … With development of the UK’s first BWR proposed just up the road at Wylfa Newydd, this scheme helps ensure that project is a springboard to the UK becoming a world-power in its domestic expertise on BWR technology.”
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