NuScale Power Submits Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Design to NRC

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By Editors of Power Engineering

NuScale Power, which has Fluor Corporation as its majority investor, has completed its design for a small modular nuclear reactor within commercial power plants and has submitted it for approval to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The application is the first-ever SMR to be submitted to the NRC for approval.

The small modular reactors include scalable plants that can incrementally increase output depending on demand. The technology can integrate with other energy sources such as wind and solar.

NuScale expects demand for their SMRs will create thousands of jobs, re-establish U.S. leadership in the nuclear field and pave the way for the development and approval of additional advanced nuclear technology.

“Fluor continues to be proud of its investment in NuScale and how the company has rapidly moved through the design certification application process, and we are eagerly awaiting NRC review and approval,” said David Seaton, Fluor’s chairman and CEO. “We believe that the future of the U.S. nuclear industry is in small modular reactor technology and that NuScale is uniquely positioned as the only U.S. company that offers it.”

As the application consists of nearly 12,000 pages, the NRC is expected to take two months to determine if any further information is necessary, and the certification process could take up to 40 months.

The first commercial power plant to use the NuScale SMRs will be a 12-module facility to be built on the site of the Idaho National Laboratory, which will be owned by the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems and perated by Energy Northwest. It has an estimated operation date of 2026.

NuScale predicts approximately 55-75 GW of global electricity will come from SMRs by 2035.

Fluor has invested in NuScale since October 2011.

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