June 17, 2008

DTE Selects GE-Hitachi ESBWR Design for Potential Fermi-2 Unit

US-based electricity utility Detroit Edison has selected GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's next-generation Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor design for a potential new unit at its existing Fermi-2 power plant site on the shore of Lake Erie, 35 miles south of Detroit, Michigan.

Detroit Edison (DTE) has notified the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of its plans to choose the 1,520MW Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) when it submits a combined operating license application to the agency in September 2008.

DTE is the fourth US energy company to select the Generation III+ ESBWR for a total of six potential reactor units. Under a recent agreement, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) will provide DTE technical support for the license agreement.

Jack Fuller, GEH President and CEO, said: "We are extremely pleased that DTE has selected the ESBWR for a potential new unit to help the state meet its long-term energy needs."