Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs measure lifting Illinois’ moratorium on new nuclear power plants

A nearly four-decade moratorium on the construction of nuclear plants in Illinois will end next year under a measure signed Friday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who vetoed an earlier version of the bill. Legislators passed a new iteration of the bill last month that addressed concerns Pritzker raised in an August veto message about the size …

Six SMR power plants approved in Poland

Poland’s Ministry of Climate and Environment has issued decisions-in-principle for the construction of power plants based on GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) at six locations. A total of 24 BWRX-300 reactors are planned at the sites. In mid-April, Orlen Synthos Green Energy (OSGE) announced it had shortlisted seven locations in Poland …

China starts up world’s first fourth-generation nuclear reactor

 China has started commercial operations at a new generation nuclear reactor that is the first of its kind in the world, state media said on Wednesday. Compared with previous reactors, the fourth generation Shidaowan plant in China’s northern Shandong province is designed to use fuel more efficiently and improve its economics, safety and environmental footprint …

First Two SMR-300 Units Slated to be Built at Michigan’s Palisades Site for Commissioning by Mid-2030

Holtec’s Dual-Unit SMR-300 Small Modular Nuclear Plant in Perspective View Buoyed by the State of Michigan’s commitment to expand in-state carbon-free generation as well as by the broad-based federal, state, and community support for repowering the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, we have started the program to build our first two SMR-300 reactor units at the …

OPG selects suppliers for first fuel contracts for its Small Modular Reactors

Represents a major step toward realizing the Continent’s first SMRs  Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced it is partnering with companies from Canada, the U.S., and France to ensure a fuel supply for the first unit of its four-unit Darlington New Nuclear Project. The historic arrangements signal a strengthening nuclear fuel supply chain and the self-sufficiency …

AtkinsRéalis introduces 1,000 MW CANDU® MONARK™ Reactor; Nuclear Power for a Net Zero, Energy Independent Future

A CANDU Reactor at Qinshan in China. AtkinsRéalis [SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.] (TSX: ATRL), a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world, today introduced the latest reactor design—the CANDU® MONARK™ reactor—at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris. The most advanced reactor design available from AtkinsRéalis, with the highest output of any …

Chinese long-distance nuclear heating project begins operation

China’s first project to bring nuclear-generated heat to multiple prefecture-level cities has begun operation in Shandong province, supplying heat from the Haiyang nuclear power plant to the cities of Haiyang and Rushan through a 23 km pipeline. The project is the third phase of a commercial heating project called Warm Nuclear No 1 operated by …

Corporate agreement furthers Canadian SMR collaboration

Ontario Power Generation subsidiary Laurentis Energy Partners (LEP) and Saskatchewan utility SaskPower have announced details of a Master Services Agreement that will see them collaborate to advance the deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) in Saskatchewan. The LEP-SaskPower agreement will run for up to five years and serves as a foundation for a long-term strategic …

NuScale CEO remains upbeat after CFPP cancellation

The termination of the project that had been expected to be the first operational NuScale SMR reactor was “very disappointing” but the company remains bullish about the future, according to the company’s CEO. Speaking in a special update to the 2023 ANS Winter Conference and Expo, hosted by the American Nuclear Society (ANS),  John Hopkins said the mutual …