SMR technology developer NuScale hosts Oregon Governor

Source:NuScale Power

As part of his tour at NuScale, Governor Kitzhaber visits NuScale's Control Room Simulator. NuScale is using the simulator for engineering evaluations and human factors analysis.

NuScale Power announced today that Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon toured its Corvallis facility—viewing the now-filled office space which is a direct result of NuScale winning the second round of the U.S. Department of Energy's competitively-bid, cost-sharing program to develop nuclear small modular reactor (SMR) technology.

NuScale currently has 194 people based in Oregon and is expected to add 105 more within the next year. With roughly 140 people to be based outside of Oregon, the total number working on the project is expected to reach 439 within 12 months.

Walking the halls, Governor Kitzhaber saw firsthand the growth in employee numbers as well as the technology surrounding those working at NuScale. During his tour, Governor Kitzhaber received a hands-on demonstration of NuScale’s Control Room Simulator. The simulator serves as a virtual nuclear power plant control room that allows the company to evaluate different approaches to the monitoring and control of NuScale Power Modules.

"I was here about three years ago and it’s been fascinating to see the sort of evolution of this," Governor Kitzhaber said. "It’s very impressive on two levels. One it’s had a huge economic impact on the community, and secondly, this technology has matured at exactly the right time to potentially be a very significant factor in a low-carbon strategy."

“We were delighted to have Governor Kitzhaber and his team visit NuScale and see the progress we are making since winning the competition for federal government support to develop our technology,” stated NuScale’s Chief Commercial Officer Mike McGough. “Governor Kitzhaber has been a strong supporter of NuScale in the state and in Washington, D.C., as we strive to contribute to the reduction of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the environmental threat of global warming. As our Oregon-based workforce grows to nearly 300 by this time next year, we are proud to be a part of the opportunity to change the world electricity-generating landscape.”

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