Newbuild: NRC Moves to Certify First SMR, NuScale's 50 MW Design

Copyright © 2022 Energy Intelligence Group All rights reserved. Unauthorized access or electronic forwarding, even for internal use, is prohibited.

Two years after it issued a final safety evaluation report for NuScale's 50 MW small modular reactor (SMR), the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has announced it is in the process of finalizing that approval into a formal design certification. NuScale hopes the design certification will help accelerate a subsequent review of its 77 MW design, currently planned for its prospective first-of-a-kind plant in Idaho, and it's opted for a less rigorous review procedure than the process used for the 50 MW design. Some safety experts question that choice given the size of the uprate and unresolved safety concerns about the SMR's steam generator, and it's unclear how much, if any, difference it will make to the review timetable.

Wanda Ad #2 (article footer)
EDF sues the government for more than $8 billion; Brookfield scoops up $800 million for itself and investors in Westinghouse dividend recapitalization; X-energy and Dow agree to collaborate on HTGR project.
Fri, Aug 12, 2022
Replacing gas-fired power with a mix of renewables and battery storage could unleash a host of nearly insurmountable unintended consequences.
Fri, Aug 12, 2022
Debate over the crisis at Ukraine's embattled Zaporozhye nuclear plant shifted to New York this week, as UN Security Council members weighed in on the situation.
Fri, Aug 12, 2022