Review work starts on ACR-1000

14 April 2008

Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) has announced that safety regulators are to start 'pre-project design review activities' on its ACR-1000 nuclear power reactor design in Canada. A memorandum of understanding was signed by AECL and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission on 8 April, just one day after the company said it would concentrate its resources on the domestic market for new reactors. "Initial activities will include the review of the Generic Safety Case Report that provides comprehensive information on the ACR-1000 design and safety analysis," said an AECL statement. Hugh MacDiarmid, president and CEO of the company added: "The pre-project design review greatly enhances the certainty of our schedule leading to the follow-up licensing process for construction of ACR-1000 plants in Canada."