How the next generation of nuclear reactors could be smaller, greener and safer | PBS NewsHour

A new type of nuclear power technology — small modular reactors that promise to produce carbon-neutral energy more safely and efficiently than traditional nuclear power plants — is becoming closer to a reality as a handful of companies push to overcome key regulatory hurdles. The U.S. government has not yet approved the reactors, which require …

GE Hitachi enters federal licensing process for new small modular nuclear reactor design

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has announced it is beginning the licensing process with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for its small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) design. The proposed design, the BWRX-300, is based on a design already licensed by the NRC in 2014, and the company hopes to leverage this existing work to make a …

NuScale makes first Canadian SMR review submission  

NuScale Power has made its first submittals to Canada’s nuclear regulator for a pre-licensing vendor design review (VDR) for its small modular reactor (SMR) design. The reactor is also undergoing a design certification review in the USA where the company plans to bring a plant into production and operation by 2026. The NuScale SMR design features a …

Russia launches a technical documentation shop for nuclear power plant customers

After successfully running a beta version, Russian nuclear utility Rosenergoatom (part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom) has launched a unique digital sales support service. The so-called “technical documentation e-shop” provides access to all necessary regulatory and technical documentation to operate Russian-designed nuclear power plants. Organisations, from a computer or a phone, can quickly and conveniently …

Korea, Saudi Arabia to set up Korea’s SMART reactor construction JV

South Korea and Saudi Arabia will establish a joint venture that will spearhead the construction of Korea’s small modular reactor (SMR) unit in the Middle Eastern country. The Ministry of Science and ICT signed a revised pre-project engineering contract to jointly set up an entity that will lead the commercialization and construction of a Korea-designed …

Russia and the Republic of the Congo continue cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy

On December 10, 2019, a delegation of the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation of the Republic of the Congo headed by Minister M. P. E. Cussu-Mawungu arrived to Moscow by an invitation of Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev. The Congolese delegation was familiarized with capabilities and competences of the Russian nuclear industry …

IAEA Mission Says Indonesia Strengthened Nuclear and Radiation Safety, Sees Areas for Enhancement

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said Indonesia has made progress in strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, addressing most of the recommendations made during an initial review in 2015. The team also noted areas for further enhancement, including the need to maintain and expand qualified staff to meet …

Canadian provinces to collaborate on SMRs – World Nuclear News

The Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan have agreed to collaborate on the development and deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed yesterday in Toronto. “Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick agreed today to work together to explore new, cutting-edge technology in nuclear power generation to provide carbon-free, …