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NuScale seeks US NRC approval for small modular nuclear reactor design

EBR Staff Writer Published 16 January 2017

Nuclear power plant developer NuScale is seeking approval from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for small modular reactor (SMR) commercial power plant design.

NuScale plans to build the first commercial 12-module NuScale power plant on the site of the Idaho National Laboratory.

The power plant, which his expected to have 50MWe capacity, will be run by an experienced nuclear operator, Energy Northwest and will be owned by the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).

NuScale CEO John Hopkins said: "The world's demand for electricity and clean water will increase significantly over the next several decades.

“Our technology can meet that challenge with clean and reliable power, improving the environment and the quality of life for humankind.”

The move represents a step ahead in the deployment of the next generation of advanced nuclear technology, the company said.

The technology has been designed to produce a safe, more flexible, carbon-free power to meet the increasing electricity demand.

UAMPS CEO Doug Hunter said: “We are delighted that our friends at NuScale have completed this step, which is key to our project licensing and our target commercial operation date of 2026 for the UAMPS Carbon Free Power Project.”

NuScale said that the small modular reactors include scalable plants, and the capacity of the facility be incrementally increased based on the demand.