Tokyo, March 17, 2008 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) held a technical seminar regarding its EU-APWR reactor for the utilities of the EUR organization on 13th & 14th March 2008 in Brussels. Representatives from 13 EUR utilities, that had shown interest in the EU-APWR design gathered at the seminar to listen the presentations of the APWR project given by MHI’s engineers. The European Utility Requirements (EUR) for Light Water Reactors have been developed by a group of the 16 major European electricity producers since the early 90's. It is a set of requirements, which purpose is to harmonize the conditions of development and deployment of the Gen 3 LWR nuclear power plants to be built in Europe.
MHI has developed the EU-APWR based on the 1,538 MW APWR planned for the Tsuruga Power Station Units 3 and 4 for the Japan Atomic Power Company. Design changes have been proposed that reflect the demands of the EU customers for enhanced performance in operation. The proposed improvements include the world’s highest level of thermal efficiency (39%), a 20% reduction in plant building volume, 24-months fuel cycle length, and greater economy by increasing the rated capacity to 1,700MW, the world largest one.
In Europe, there is a trend to increase nuclear capacity motivated by the well-known energy issues such as global warming , crude oil price hike, and energy supply security. If this trend continues, a couple of dozen of new nuclear power plants may be built in Europe by 2030. MHI plans to promote the EU-APWR to the utilities that are present in the European market, in parallel with the EUR compliance assessment.