Design acceptance is an important step in de-risking project delivery and accelerates momentum
Decision recognises significant investment in UK nuclear, and underlines project value and growing investment profile of Moorside
NuGen today (30th March) welcomed confirmation by the UK nuclear regulators of the acceptability of the AP1000 reactor to be deployed at Moorside.
The award of the Design Acceptance Confirmation (DAC), and Statement of Design Acceptability (SoDA), by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency respectively, is another landmark moment for NuGen – as it continues to progress plans to deliver Europe’s largest new nuclear project at Moorside in West Cumbria.
The award moves NuGen’s Moorside Project forward as the AP1000 reactor design becomes only the second of the new generation of reactors to be confirmed by the regulators to be acceptable for deployment in the UK.
The award of DAC and SoDA marks the end of a decade-long process involving Westinghouse, the designer of the AP1000, after completing a robust and exhaustive dialogue with the nuclear regulators to ensure the reactor design is suitable for construction in the UK. It confirms that the reactors used in West Cumbria will meet the regulators’ expectations on safety, security and environmental protection.
The conclusion of GDA means that NuGen, through its own in-house Design Authority, now takes ownership of and responsibility for the design in relation to the AP1000 reactors at Moorside.
Going forward, NuGen will lead on engagement with regulators as it progresses its applications for a nuclear site licence and works towards gaining consents and permits to construct, operate and eventually decommission Moorside Power Station.
NuGen CEO, Tom Samson, welcomed the news as a major step forward for Moorside and for the UK’s mission to deliver secure, low-carbon electricity for generations to come.
“This news from the UK regulators is further acknowledgement and a testament to the robust safety features and design of the AP1000 reactor which we will deploy at Moorside.”
“Moorside’s three reactors will provide seven per cent of the UK’s electricity needs from a low-carbon source. This project will be transformational for Cumbria, and the North of England and will offer unrivalled employment, skills and supply chain opportunities in line with the Government’s work on industrial strategy.”
(Source: press release by NUGEN)