In a milestone for the UK new-build programme, EDF Energy has formally applied for a licence to build and operate its proposed new reactor at Hinkley Point.
The Nuclear Site Licence application to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and Environmental Permit applications to the Environment Agency are the first such applications for around 20 years.
Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, managing director of nuclear new build at EDF Energy, said: “This is a significant milestone for EDF Energy’s project at Hinkley Point and for the industry as a whole. It is the first time in around 20 years that applications have been made for a licence and environmental permits for a new nuclear power plant, and we’re pleased to be making them publicly available. It is important that we are open and transparent in our work.
“Hinkley Point C is a nationally important project, which will provide safe, reliable, affordable and low carbon energy to about five million homes. We are delighted to be leading the UK’s nuclear renaissance.”
The ONR will spend around 18 months assessing the application. The applications have been made in advance of a full planning application for the new power station and surrounding infrastructure.
The application was made by NNB Generation Company, the joint venture between EDF and Centrica. The applications cover two proposed Areva EPR power stations at Hinkley Point, Somerset. The venture is also proposing to build two EPRs at Sizewell, Suffolk. This week, Areva announced a new agreement with EDF to manufacture large forgings for Hinkley Point.
For more information on the applications, see the EDF consultation site.
For more information on construction at Hinkley Point, including a detailed construction and tender timeline, see the Hinkley supply chain portal managed by Somerset Chamber of Commerce.
ONR completed the initial assessment phase of the Generic Design Assessment of the EPR and the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor earlier this month. A full report will be published in the Autumn, following the Weightman report on lessons from the Fukushima crisis.