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MHI seeks design certification from NRC

6 July 2006 — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has started procedures to submit an application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for design certification of the US-APWR. The US-APWR is the company’s 1,700 MW class advanced pressurized water reactor currently under development for the U.S. market.

In conjunction with that move, the company has also newly established MHI Nuclear Energy Systems Inc. (MNES), a wholly owned subsidiary, in Washington, D.C. The new business arm commenced operations this month. MHI is developing the US-APWR based on technologies the company developed for a 1,538 MW APWR planned for use at the Tsuruga Power Station Units 3 and 4 of the Japan Atomic Power Company.

MHI looks to receive the certification of the US-APWR from NRC by the end of 2011; a preliminary hearing will be conducted later this month, and the formal application will be submitted in early 2008.