Horizon Nuclear Power said Tuesday it had submitted its application for a Nuclear Site License for the two-reactor Wylfa Newydd power station project in Anglesey in Wales, Britain. The company said it was a “major step” that accounts for one of the primary licenses the company will need to pursue Wylfa Newydd, even while finances for the project have yet to be finalized.
Horizon is a subsidiary of Japan's Hitachi Ltd. conglomerate. A financial decision on the project is not expected until the end of 2019, Hitachi has indicated.
The Wylfa Newydd project is to include two UK Advanced-boiling water reactors (ABWR) that will have a generation capacity of 5.4 gigawatts, switched on by the mid 2020s.
The Site License Application follows more than two years of preparation and focuses on the suitability of both the organization and the site, as well as the suitability of the reactor design for use at that specific location. Britain's Office of Nuclear Regulation “will only grant a Nuclear Site License once it is satisfied that Horizon has met the 36 License Conditions and licensee obligations require to demonstrate it is capable and competent to install, operate and decommission a nuclear facility,” the company spelled out in a statement.
“We already have a proven technology, aligned with experienced leadership, and we are rapidly building the wider capability and ortanization to help ensure success,” said Safety and Licensing Director at Horizon, Anthony Webb.
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