Saturday, May 8, 2010

Boiling Water Reactor Dumped


HOUSTON, May 7 (Reuters) - Dominion Resources Inc's (D.N) has selected Mitsubishi Heavy Industry's (6502.T) Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor (APWR) technology for its proposed new nuclear power plant in Virginia, the company said on Friday.

Dominion launched a competitive bidding process last fall to find an engineering and construction partner after failing to negotiate a contract with General Electric Co (GE.N)/Hitachi Ltd (6501.T) to build the company's advanced nuclear design, the 1,550 MW Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR).

This is actually significant news. Boiling water is the stupidest design ever! However, this blows a hole in the use of standard designs, and sets back 'first dirt' for a US nuclear plant. Sometimes I wonder if they will ever do it ....

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