From the President
Hidetoshi Takehara President
I took my appointment as President of Hitachi-GE Nuclear
Energy Ltd. (HGNE) on April 1, 2013.
By inheriting technologies and experiences cultivated over a half-century since Hitachi, Ltd. first entered the nuclear industry in the 1950s, HGNE was established on July 1, 2007 through an integration of the nuclear energy business of Hitachi and General Electric Company of the USA with the aim for further developments of the global operation.
This business integration also included an establishment of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) in the USA on June 4, 2007. And following Hitachi’s purchase of Horizon Nuclear Power Limited, a UK company engaged in the development of nuclear power generation on November 26, 2012, HGNE has plans to build Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) in the UK. We are now working on the process of GDA (General Design Assessment) by UK government and developing an organization for this project.
Regarding Fukushima Daiichi, in addition to drawing on the combined capabilities of the Hitachi Group to supply services and develop technologies for decommission and decontamination, we will supply solutions for enhancing the safety of nuclear power plants based on lessons learned from the incident in Fukushima.
We will aim to establish a business model that utilizes synergies with our counterparts in the USA and UK, and to supply even higher quality services, that extend across research, design, manufacturing, construction, and maintenance in the fields of light water reactors, fast reactors, and the nuclear fuel cycle. Moreover, we will seek to be a part of the nuclear industry, which opens up new potentials for the world’s future by supporting the reliable supply of energy through dependable manufacturing practices.
We continue striving to comply with regulations and to foster a culture of safety, while treating the maintenance of nuclear safety as our top priority. On behalf of HGNE, I beseech all of you to extend us your wholehearted support.