UK-based energy company Horizon Nuclear Power has received approval to procure major equipment for its proposed reactor at Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.

Horizon Nuclear Power has received a licensee certificate issued by French independent assessment organisation Bureau Veritas to confirm the company’s internal arrangements are suitable for the purchase of long lead items (LLI).

As LLIs take a long time to manufacture and are used early during the construction phase of a power plant, they must be ordered in advance.

Horizon's nuclear power engineering, procurement, and construction head Joe Savage said: “This is a significant milestone for Horizon as it marks another step in our journey towards becoming a Nuclear Site Licensee and the construction and operation of Wylfa Newydd.

“The Licensee Certificate demonstrates our ability to act as an intelligent customer when procuring items or services from our suppliers to ensure they meet the correct technical specification and that adequate documentation is available to justify the safety of those items.”

The current Licensee Certificate is the second to be issued in the UK and has been awarded following two years of preparation by the nuclear power company and six months of assessment by Bureau Veritas.

Bureau Veritas' nuclear engineering manager Peter Whiers said: “Nuclear Engineering can be very challenging at times. However, Horizon has created such a team and the award of the licensee certificate is the culmination of a significant amount of work resulting in the implementation of an excellent management system that combines safety, security, health, quality, and environmental aspects.”

Expected to be acquired in the first half of this year, the first LLIs will be used as the materials for the hydraulic control units that are a part of the reactor’s primary shutdown systems, the reinforced concrete containment vessel liner, and the reactor pressure vessel.

Image: Bureau Veritas issues Licensee Certificate to Horizon Nuclear Power for buying nuclear reactor components. Photo: courtesy of Horizon Nuclear Power.