Horizon Nuclear Power has submitted its application for a Nuclear Site Licence to build and operate reactors at Wylfa Newydd. A Site Licence is one of the main permissions Horizon will need as it looks to install UK Advanced-Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) units to Anglesey. Receipt of the application by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) now triggers a rigorous 19 month programme of assessment and intervention. The ONR will only grant a Nuclear Site Licence (NSL) once it is satisfied that Horizon has met the 36 Licence Conditions and licensee obligations required to demonstrate it is capable and competent to install, operate and decommission a nuclear facility.
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The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales announced on 22 March they expect to complete the Generic Design Assessment of the UK ABWR in December. A site licence meanwhile is one of the main permissions a developer needs to build and operate a new nuclear power plant. Anthony Webb, Horizon’s safety and licensing director, said: “Today’s announcement marks a significant development in the maturity and growth of Horizon as we get ready to build and operate our lead site at Wylfa Newydd. We already have a proven technology, aligned with experienced leadership, and we are rapidly building the wider capability and organisation to help ensure success. Our focus will now be fully on providing the ONR with confidence in our ability to safely deliver this crucial project.”
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