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NuGen Expects to Have First New Nuclear Plant in Britain

Westinghouse AP1000 rendering

NuGen says it expects to begin operations at its new nuclear power project in Britain by 2025, overtaking Hinkley Point C as the first new nuclear plant in the country in two decades.

The joint venture between U.S.-based Westinghouse and France-based Engie is building three Westinghouse AP1000 reactors in Cumbria at the Moorside Nuclear Project, with a planned total capacity of up to 3.8 GW. France-based EDF said it plans to finalize an investment decision on Hinkley Point C by September, with the two Areva-designed European Pressurized Reactors (EPRs) potentially completed by 2026.

NuGen must still secure approval for the AP1000 under Britain’s Generic Design Assessment approval process, which is expected to be finished by early 2017, according to Reuters. A final investment decision for Moorside is then set for 2018. A third nuclear plant, Hitachi’s Horizon, is also scheduled to begin operations in Britain in the 2020s.

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