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NRC to Start Technical Review of NuScale Power’s Second Standard Design Approval Application

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on March 17 announced that it will begin the technical review of NuScale Power’s second Standard Design Approval application.

NuScale submitted the application in late 2022, which is based on a six-module power plant configuration powered by an uprated 250-megawatt small modular reactor design.

The design reflected in this application features the same fundamental safety case and passive safety features approved by the NRC in 2020, with a focus on the power uprate and select design changes to support customers’ capacity needs and further improve economics, NuScale said.

In other recent news, NuScale on March 9 announced that at the end of 2022, as scheduled, it placed the first upper reactor pressure vessel long lead material production order with Doosan Enerbility.

The order is for materials essential to commence manufacturing of the first NuScale power modules that are scheduled to be in commercial operation at the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems’ Carbon Free Power Project as early as 2029, NuScale said.

UAMPS recently reported that participants’ governing boards in the Carbon Free Power Project are moving forward with the development and deployment of a small modular reactor project.

With the commitments, the CFPP Project Management Committee approved a new budget and plan of finance.