Dr Jo Nettleton, Deputy Director for Radioactive Substances and Installations Regulation at the Environment Agency said: "We've concluded that the generic design of the UK ABWR
should be capable of meeting the high standards of environment protection and waste management that we require in the UK".
Mark Foy, ONRs Chief Nuclear Inspector said: The completion of the generic design assessment of the UK ABWR
is a significant step in our regulation of the overall process to construct this type of reactor in the UK, ensuring that the generic design meets the highest standards of safety that we expect in this country.
The NRC actually certified the original ABWR
design 14 years ago, in 1997.
The two ABWRs
are planned to begin operating between 2016 and 2017, TEPCO said.
plants of 1,350 MW rating have started in Japan, and 10 more are planned.
The company's next design, the ABWR
, was 1,350 megawatts, and its ESBWR is 1,560.
But if gas remains at its current price of $5 to $6 per MMBTU, a competitive nuclear plant overnight capital cost could be as high as $1,300 to $1,400 per kW, the present estimate for the conventionally cooled ABWR
ONR's chief nuclear inspector Mark Foy said: "The completion of the generic design assessment of the UK ABWR
is a significant step in our regulation of the overall process to construct this type of reactor in the UK.
Four generation III + ABWRs
have previously been successfully built and operated - all to time and budget - making ABWR
the world's most established modern design.
The Hurdles Reactors and site licence The Generic Design Assessment of the UK ABWR
reactor technology is nearing the end of its four-year assessment on suitability to be deployed in Wales and England.
JAPC has experience successfully operating multiple reactors in Japan built by British, American, and Japanese vendors as well as experience designing the ABWR
, said Mamoru Muramatsu, JAPC President.
You report that the forthright Ken Sato, Hitachi Europe licensing manager, says that the ABWR
is a proven technology, and that four units have been commercially operated in Japan (News, PE January).