U.S. nuclear power regulator staff say NuScale design is safe

NuScale Power Corp’s (SMR.N) design for a new kind of nuclear reactor is adequate to protect the project from damage by earthquakes, staff at the U.S. nuclear power regulator said in documents seen by Reuters on Friday. Last month, Reuters reported that Dan Dorman, the NRC’s executive director for operations, ordered agency staff to document their evaluation …

China’s first project to provide industrial steam via nuclear power begins construction

Construction of energy station of Tianwan nuclear power plant, in East China’s Jiangsu Province, designed to provide an industrial steam supply, launched on Friday, the first-of-its-kind project in China. It marks an important step in the diversification of China’s nuclear power use, in addition to electricity generation and residential heating. The steam generated by the …

Rolls-Royce SMR Considers ‘Strong Possibilities’ for New Nuclear in West Cumbria

Senior representatives from Rolls-Royce SMR, the UK’s domestic nuclear energy champion, have toured the land to the South of Sellafield Site with Trudy Harrison, Member of Parliament for Copeland. The visit was part of work to identify opportunities for Small Modular Reactor (SMR) power plants – each capable of producing 470MW of electricity. Alastair Evans, …

Gov. Dunleavy signs bill streamlining effort to bring nuclear microreactors to Alaska villages

Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Tuesday signed legislation that could help bring nuclear microreactors to Alaska in the coming years, in an effort to help villages lower high electricity prices. Senate Bill 177, introduced by the governor early this year and passed by the Alaska Legislature, streamlines regulatory procedures so that Alaska communities can pursue using the …

Sask. Research Council takes step in developing micro nuclear reactor

Once developed, SRC will use the reactor to research its capabilities as an energy producer for remote communities and industrial sites. The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) has taken the first step in seeing the development of a micro nuclear reactor in the province. Earlier this month, the SRC signed a memorandum of understanding with Westinghouse …

NuScale Power Signs Agreement with Nuclearelectrica and Owner of Preferred Site for First SMR Site in Romania

NuScale Power LLC (“NuScale”) announced today a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Romania’s state nuclear power corporation S.N. Nuclearelectrica S.A. (“Nuclearelectrica”) to conduct engineering studies, technical reviews, and licensing and permitting activities at a site in Doicesti, Romania that is the preferred location for the deployment of the first NuScale VOYGR™ power plant. The announcement, …

Rolls-Royce to be ‘major energy exporter’ as new reactors destined for EU ‘with UK stamp’

European countries have been scrambling to end their reliance on Russian gas since Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24. Aside from exposing the EU’s dependence on Moscow’s energy exports, the war also aggravated an already crippling energy crisis as the wholesale costs of oil and gas skyrocketed. In a bid to slash electricity bills and boost energy security, European countries …

Korean conglomerate to cooperate with TerraPower

South Korea’s SK Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TerraPower of the USA to jointly develop “next-generational technologies” needed for small modular reactors (SMRs). The MoU was signed on 17 May in Seoul by SK Inc Vice Chairman Jang Dong-hyun, SK Innovation Vice Chairman Kim Jun and TerraPower CEO Chris Levesque. SK said …