NuScale Power makes history as the first ever small modular reactor to receive U.S. NRC design approval.
The NRC announced on August 28th it had issued the final safety evaluation report for the SMR design developed by NuScale Power. The report marks the final phase of the technical review of the safety aspects of NuScale’s design. The design approval does not grant permission to build and operate a nuclear reactor, however. That will require a separate application for a combined license (COL) to build and operate a nuclear power plant. But it is an important step that will allow a utility to reference NuScale’s design when applying for a COL.
“This is a significant milestone not only for NuScale, but also for the entire U.S. nuclear sector and the other advanced nuclear technologies that will follow. This clearly establishes the leadership of NuScale and the U.S. in the race to bring SMRs to market. The approval of NuScale’s design is an incredible accomplishment and we would like to extend our deepest thanks to the NRC for their comprehensive review, to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its continued commitment to our successful private-public partnership to bring the country’s first SMR to market, and to the many other individuals who have dedicated countless hours to make this extraordinary moment a reality,” said NuScale Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Hopkins. “Additionally, the cost-shared funding provided by Congress over the past several years has accelerated NuScale’s advancement through the NRC Design Certification process. This is what DOE’s SMR Program was created to do, and our success is credited to strong bipartisan support from Congress.”
NuScale’s Design Certification application was completed in December 2016 and accepted by the NRC in March 2017. NuScale spent over $500 million, with the backing of Fluor, and over 2 million labor hours to develop the information needed to prepare its DCA application. The company also submitted 14 separate Topical Reports in addition to the over 12,000 pages for its DCA application and provided more than 2 million pages of supporting information for NRC audits.