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Build operate license approved for Westinghouse AP1000 reactor in US

US nuclear safety regulators have given approval for the first AP1000 nuclear reactor by manufacturer Westinghouse to be built in Georgia.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted in favour of allowing the AP1000 nuclear reactor to be built at the Vogtle site in Georgia, in the south east of the country.

The NRC has issued to two “combined licenses” to allow energy firm Southern Nuclear Operating Company to construct the two reactors required at its Vogtle site 40km south east of Augusta in Georgia. The firm applied for the license in April 2008.

Southern Nuclear Operating Company hopes to complete the two, 1.1GW pressurised water reactors by 2017. They will be built next to two existing reactors at the Vogtle site that were completed in the 1980s.

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