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Westinghouse seeks UK approval for AP300 reactor

by Mark Cantrell
Westinghouse Electric Company, based in the United States, has taken the first step towards licensing its latest small modular reactor (SMR) technology in the UK.

Westinghouse Electric Company, based in the United States, has taken the first step towards licensing its latest small modular reactor (SMR) technology in the UK.

The company has formally submitted an application to the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) for approval to enter the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of the AP300 SMR; the first step in the formal licensing process.

The AP300 SMR design makes use of Westinghouse’s proven Gen III+ advanced technology, which has regulatory approval in Great Britain, the US. and China, as well as compliance with European Utility Requirements (EUR) standards for nuclear power plants.

Westinghouse says this brings licensing advantages, and substantially reduces delivery risk for customers in the utility, oil and gas, and industrial space.

David Durham, Westinghouse Energy Systems’ president, said:“The AP300 SMR builds on the pedigree of the already approved AP1000, and we are very optimistic that the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero will approve our GDA application.

“The UK regulators are already very familiar with the AP300 SMR’s underpinning technology, so we look forward to working with them to progress the timely development and deployment of this advanced, proven technology in the UK.”

This GDA application comes after the AP300 SMR was selected for the next phase of Great British Nuclear, and selected by Community Nuclear Power Ltd (CNP) to build four AP300 SMRs in North East England.

These projects will also leverage Westinghouse’s 75-year history of nuclear manufacturing operations in the UK at its facility in Springfields, Lancashire.

The AP300 small modular reactor is the only SMR based on an advanced, large Generation III+ reactor already in operation globally – Westinghouse’s AP1000 technology, which is licensed in the UK.

Unlike every other SMR under development with first-of-a-kind technologies and risks, Westinghouse says its AP300 SMR utilises the AP1000 engineering, components and supply chain, enabling streamlined licensing and leveraging available technical skills.

Main image: Westinghouse says its AP300 SMR is the only SMR based on proven, deployed nuclear technology


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