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UK regulators provide update on reactor design assessments

Regulation and Safety

13 July 2016

UK regulators expect to complete the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process for the Westinghouse AP1000 and Hitachi-GE's UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) in March and December of 2017, respectively. In its quarterly GDA report for February to April 2016 issued yesterday, the Office for Nuclear Regulation also said it has "developed 'entry criteria' to provide transparency on the factors that underpin our decision on readiness to commence GDA" for China General Nuclear's HPR1000 design.

NRC receives first SMR site application

New Nuclear

16 May 2016

The Tennessee Valley Authority has submitted an Early Site Permit application for small modular reactor units at Clinch River, Tennessee, to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

UK capable of producing Westinghouse SMR vessel

New Nuclear

18 April 2016

Westinghouse SMR CV and IRPV - 48The UK has the capabilities to produce the reactor pressure vessel for Westinghouse's small modular reactor (SMR) design, according to an independent assessment by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

Sheffield Forgemasters and NuScale collaborate on SMRs

New Nuclear

08 July 2016

NuScale module (NuScale) 13x48Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd and NuScale have announced they will work together to develop the manufacturing techniques required for the future deployment of small modular reactors in the UK.

UK think tank urges nuclear innovation

Nuclear Policies

28 April 2016

A think tank has urged the British government to spend money earmarked for nuclear R&D on ensuring that at least three advanced reactors including at least one small modular reactor (SMR) and a Generation IV design have completed regulatory assessment by the early 2020s.

Group calls for revamp of reactor licensing process

Regulation and Safety

13 April 2016

The US Nuclear Innovation Alliance has issued a series of recommendations for updating the regulatory process to address an "urgent" need for an advanced reactor licensing process.