EPRs – originally known as European Pressurised Water Reactors – are a type of Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR). The design of the UK EPRs that will be built at Hinkley Point C represents a major development on previous PWRs, making them amongst the safest and most efficient civil nuclear power generators ever designed.
The UK EPR design marks significant progress towards sustainability. It has been designed to use less uranium and produce almost a third less long-lived radioactive wastes compared with water reactors in operation today.
Tailored for the UK
The UK version of the EPR meets the most stringent safety and environmental protection standards, having gone through the UK’s rigorous, four-year Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and Environment Agency (EA) Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process.
Since we want Hinkley Point C to be a world leading nuclear power station, EPR technology is the obvious world leading choice to power it.