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Bradwell Hualong one moves to next stage of design assessment process

The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has completed the third step of its Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the UK HPR1000 reactor design and has given the green light for scrutiny to begin on the final fourth step of the process.

The ONR said in a statement that step 3 of the GDA process took “a more detailed” assessment of the reactor design by focusing on the methods and approaches used by the applicant General Nuclear System (GNS).

China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) and EDF Energy, through their joint venture company GNS, wrote to regulators requesting the GDA process in October 2016. It began in January 2017.

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