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GEH submits SMR proposals to Great British Nuclear

  • 9 days ago (2024-07-10)
  • David Flin
Europe 1072 Nuclear 644

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has submitted a tender response, as part of Great British Nuclear ’s (GBN) ongoing SMR selection competition, providing documentation regarding its BWRX-300 SMR technology.

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GEH and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are developing the first BWRX-300 at OPG’s Darlington site near Toronto, Canada. Early site preparation work has been completed, construction is expected to start in early 2025 and commercial operation to commence by 2029. A total of four 300 MW units are planned for the Darlington site.

Andy Champ, GEH UK Country Leader, said: “We have entered this competition with a proven track record of progressing SMR reactor technology internationally, a fuel that is already licensed and in operation, and a reactor designed for manufacture. Our BWRX-300 has evolved from proven, simple, boiling water reactor technology. We believe this positions us to reliably deliver an SMR with the most value for money and along with our strategic investment partners, be a valuable partner to the UK Government as it strives to reach its net zero target by 2050.”