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December 14, 2017
Major achievement for Hitachi, and leap forward for Horizon's Wylfa Newydd
From Left: Hidetoshi Takehara COO of Nuclear Energy BU, Hitachi; Mark Foy, Chief Nuclear Inspector, ONR; Tim Jones, NRW; Steve Hardy, EA
London, 14th December 2017 - Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, "Hitachi") and Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. ("Hitachi-GE") today announced that the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) has successfully completed the UK Nuclear Regulators' Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process within the target period of 5 years. This has followed extensive assessment and scrutiny by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), Environment Agency (EA) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW). Hitachi-GE has received on schedule approval for deployment in the UK, paving the way for the construction of Horizon Nuclear Power's first unit at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, North Wales.
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. ABWR has now achieved approvals under four different regulatory regimes worldwide.
Hitachi has been continuously involved in construction of power plants for more than 40 years, and developed the ABWR in collaboration with various international partners. Hitachi has participated in the design, development and construction of 23 nuclear power plants in Japan, with BWRs including ABWRs.
The ABWR is a Generation Ⅲ+ reactor, the most modern and well-established operational generation of nuclear power stations in the world. The main features include enhanced safety, higher operability, reduced dose equivalent and enhanced cost efficiency during construction and operation. UK ABWR includes those amendments agreed with ONR, EA & NRW, specific to the UK operating environment.
"I am delighted that GDA of the UK ABWR has been successfully completed. Hitachi is taking another critically important step forwards in delivering an ABWR for the UK. Successfully completing GDA on schedule represents steady, sustained, and enduring progress for our UK nuclear projects. Hitachi is focused on continuing this success, and delivering the project in order to provide clean, secure and sustainable energy for the UK."
"Meeting the famously high standards of the UK regulators is a great achievement, and is one more mark of success for our tried and tested ABWR design. Successful completion of GDA is pivotal to deploying UK ABWR in the UK, creating thousands of jobs and driving economic growth. We now look forward to supporting Horizon's ramp-up of site-specific licensing for Wylfa Newydd."
"This is a huge milestone for Horizon and a major leap forward for us in bringing much-needed new nuclear power to the UK. Nuclear can deliver high volumes of stable low carbon energy, which makes it a vital part of the country's energy mix and once up and running, both Wylfa Newydd and our Oldbury site will supply clean, reliable power to the UK for decades to come.
"It's testament to the strength of the combined team, and the proven nature of the technology, that the GDA process has been completed and delivered on time."
Hitachi-GE, a joint venture established by Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501) and GE in July 2007, as one of the world's leading comprehensive plant manufacturers, engages in the development, planning, design, manufacture, inspection, installation, pre-operation, and maintenance of nuclear reactor-related equipment and is able to execute integrated project management. Hitachi-GE has been involved with 23 reactors in Japan to date, including those currently under construction. For more information about Hitachi-GE, please visit http://www.hitachi-hgne.co.jp/en/index.html.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 9,162.2 billion yen ($81.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 304,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.