Regulators approve EPR design in UK
Regulators approve new nuclear reactor design in UK - EPR design is planned for new nuclear stations in Somerset
The design for the first new nuclear reactors in Britain for 25 years has been accepted for use in the UK. The success of the joint application from EDF Energy and AREVA marks another significant step forward for the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
This certification recognises that the EPR design meets the UK’s stringent safety requirements as assessed by the joint regulators. It has been demonstrated that the design is robust even when challenged by extreme events such as those seen following the Fukushima incident in 2011.
The EPR is the first of the reactors currently planned for nuclear new build in the UK to complete the generic design assessment process.