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Green light for Wylfa to buy reactor components

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Horizon Nuclear Power (HNP) is set to buy reactor components for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station in Wales after it was cleared by an assessor.

Independent assessment organisation Bureau Veritas awarded HNP a licencing certificate to buy long lead items, which are needed early in construction but have lengthy manufacturing schedules.

The first long lead items to be procured this year include materials for hydraulic control units, the reactor pressure vessel and the reinforced concrete containment vessel liner.

Hitachi-GE is behind the proposed advanced boiling water reactor (UK ABWR) design and Horizon Nuclear Power will build and operate the reactor at Wylfa Newydd on the Isle of Anglesey.

The three-year licence is only the second to be granted in the UK.

“This is a significant milestone for Horizon as it marks another step in our journey towards becoming a nuclear site licensee and the construction and operation of Wylfa Newydd,” said HNP head of engineering procurement and construction Joe Savage.

“The licensee certificate demonstrates our ability to act as an ’intelligent customer’ when procuring items or services from our suppliers to ensure they meet the correct technical specification and that adequate documentation is available to justify the safety of those items.”

The licence will be renewed annually until HNP is awarded a nuclear site licence by the Office for Nuclear Regulation, which is expected in 2018.

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