AP1000 gets EU approval

27 May 2007

The European Utility Requirements (EUR) organisation has certified the AP1000 pressurised water reactor (PWR), confirming that the AP1000 can be deployed in Europe.

Results of the assessment reveal that the AP1000 achieved a 99% level of compliance and the European Passive Plant (EPP) group, initially formed by Westinghouse and led by European utilities and suppliers, is implementing a programme to address the remaining 1% which are primarily in the areas of aircraft crash protection, 12- to 24-month operating flexibility, and minor features in the plant layout.

The programme is expected to be completed in the next 18 months.

The EUR was launched in 1991 by several European utilities to produce a common set of utility requirements endorsed by major European utilities for the next generation of light water reactor nuclear power plants.

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