Japan Atomic Power Company to assist UK new build project

Horizon Nuclear Power, the Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC) and Hitachi have signed a technical services contract for the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant in North Wales. JAPC is to support Horizon in areas including construction costing, licensing, and planning for commissioning.

Horizon plans to deploy the UK ABWR (Advanced Boiling Water Reactor) at two sites – Wylfa Newydd, which is on the Isle of Anglesey, and Oldbury-on-Severn, in South Gloucestershire. It will be the first BWR in the UK, which currently only has pressurized water reactors and advanced gas-cooled reactors in operation.

Horizon announced last month the formation of consortium Menter Newydd to prepare for the construction phase of the new plant. Menter Newydd comprises Bechtel, JGC and Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe.

JAPC president Mamoru Muramatsu said the company’s Tokai nuclear power plant – which was Japan’s first commercial nuclear power plant – was “introduced from the UK”. Taking advantage of many years of operating experience, beginning with the Tokai plant, and including Tokai 2 (a BWR) and Tsuruga 1 and 2 (a BWR and PWR, espectively), JAPC will “help to ensure that Wylfa Newydd is built successfully”.

Horizon also said today that it is in “active discussions” with a range of other companies for further operational support and advice, such as training its own workforce.

Courtesy WNN