NRC officially accepts for review a new reactor design out of South Korea

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has determined that Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. (KHNP) and Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) have submitted information for a standard design certification of the APR1400 Standard Plant Design that is acceptable for docketing.

In December 2014, KHNP and KEPCO applied for standard design certification of the APR1400 Standard Plant Design, the NRC noted in a notice to be published in the March 12 Federal Register. A notice of receipt for this application was previously published in the Federal Register on Feb. 3.

The APR1400 stands for Advanced Power Reactor with 1,400 MW of electrical power and two-loop pressurized water reactor, developed in the Republic of Korea. According to the applicant, based on the self-reliant technologies and experiences from the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Optimized Power Reactor 1000 (OPR1000), the APR1400 adopts advanced design features to enhance plant safety, economical efficiency, and convenience of operation and maintenance. The APR1400 application includes the entire power generation complex, except those elements and features considered to be site-specific.

The NRC staff has determined that KHNP and KEPCO have submitted enough information to make this design acceptable for docketing. The NRC staff will perform a detailed technical review of the design certification application. Docketing of the design certification application does not preclude the NRC from requesting additional information from the companies as the review proceeds, nor does it predict whether the NRC will grant or deny the application. A notice related to the rulemaking for design certification, including provisions for participation of the public and other parties, will be the subject of a subsequent Federal Register notice.

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