The Times reported that an in-depth assessment of reactor designs is underway for use in new British nuclear power plants.

Areva, Toshiba-Westinghouse, GE-Hitachi and Atomic Energy of Canada are competing to deploy their nuclear reactor designs for the new-generation nuclear power plants in the UK.

The designs must be deployable by 2016-22, according to the government official. Besides speed of deployment, safety, security and compatibility with British standards, are being considered as the main criteria for assessing the reactor designs.