Dominion Re-selects GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s ESBWR for North Anna’s New Nuclear Plant

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has announced its selection by Dominion Virginia Power as its new technology partner for the North Anna Unit Three (NA-3) Nuclear Power Plant Project.

Source: GE HitachiThe project development agreement includes engineering work to support the development of the specific Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) design for NA-3 and licensing support work for the utility’s Combined Operating License (COL) application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

“We are thrilled to work with Dominion Virginia Power to potentially bring the world’s most technologically advanced reactor to North Anna,” said Caroline Reda, president and CEO, GEH.  “Their long commitment to a diverse energy portfolio, close proximity to our global headquarters and advanced technology centers and familiarization with our technology make them a perfect partner.”

GEH also announced an agreement with Fluor Corporation on the project. GEH will focus on reactor design and equipment while Fluor will bring its experience to the balance of plant, including planning for construction and the installation of a GE steam turbine in the turbine island.
The ESBWR employs passive safety systems and a simplified design utilizing natural circulation. These attributes result in an ability of the reactor to cool itself for more than seven days without operator intervention or AC power on or off site.

Source GE Hitachi
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