The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has completed the Phase 3 of the pre-project design review of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s (AECL) Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR-1000).

The CNSC findings suggest that there are no fundamental barriers to licensing the reactor design in Canada.

CNSC assessed specific safety and security aspects of the ACR-1000 design to identify any potential technical issues that could constitute a potential fundamental barrier to licensing a new reactor design in Canada.

In Phase 3, AECL requested that the CNSC review some specific aspects of Phase 2 findings for eleven review topics.

CNSC assessed activities undertaken under these topics to further determine the readiness of the reactor design for licensing.

The company said that the aim of a vendor pre-project design review is to verify, at a high level, the acceptability of a nuclear reactor design with respect to Canadian safety requirements and expectations.

ACR-1000 becomes Canada’s first advanced nuclear power reactor to have completed all three phases of pre-project design review by the CNSC.