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Horizon in 'final stages' of selecting nuclear reactor design

Nuclear new build firm Horizon Nuclear Power said yesterday it was in the “final stages” of selecting a reactor design for its site in North Wales.

Horizon has been assessing the merits two nuclear reactors – one from US nuclear reactor vendor Westinghouse and another from French rival Areva – to use at its proposed new power station at Wylfa in North Wales since 2010. A Horizon spokesman said it hopes to make an announcement in the “next month or so”.

Areva wants its European Pressurised Reactor to be deployed at Wylfa, which, if selected, would be the second major site that it will be used at in the UK after Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

Westinghouse is promoting its AP1000 design through its delivery organisation Nuclear Power Delivery UK. Both designs were granted interim design acceptance by the Office of Nuclear Regulation last December.

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