CFPP LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, on July 31 submitted an application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking approval to start early construction activities tied to a small modular reactor project prior to the issuance of a combined license by the NRC.
The application marks a significant step towards the realization of the UAMPS Carbon Free Power Project.
When approved, the Limited Work Authorization will pave the way for the initiation of early-scope construction which is expected to start mid-2025.
CFPP LLC submitted the LWA application as the first part of the CFPP Combined License application.
This is the first instance under the current LWA regulations where a standalone LWA application was submitted in advance of the remainder of the COLA. The second part of the CFPP COLA remains on schedule to be submitted to the NRC in January 2024.
"The submittal of the LWA application is an imperative step in maintaining the project's schedule for an end-of-year 2029 commercial operation date,” said Mason Baker, CFPP LLC President. “Commencing with construction activities allows for progress to continue on the CFPP site prior to the full authorization granted in the COL. It also marks a significant milestone as a major CFPP submittal to the NRC, and more broadly, the first application to the NRC for construction of a full-scale, commercial SMR."
CFPP COLA work began in August 2021, when CFPP LLC enlisted the expertise of Fluor Corporation and a dedicated team from NuScale to prepare a COLA for submission to the NRC.
The COLA will seek a license to construct and operate a nuclear power plant comprising six SMRs and associated common facilities, collectively known as the Carbon Free Power Project.
The CFPP will utilize NuScale Power’s VOYGR™-6 SMR power plant design. NuScale’s Standard Design Approval application, which has been submitted to the NRC, is based on a VOYGR power plant design featuring six 77 MWe NuScale Power Modules™.
The CFPP is proposed to be sited within the southwest region of the Idaho National Laboratory in southeast Idaho. The INL site, a U.S. Department of Energy facility, covers an expansive area of approximately 890 square miles and is situated near Idaho Falls, Idaho.
In addition to seeking NRC authorization for the CFPP, CFPP LLC is also coordinating with the DOE for the needed approvals as part of National Environmental Policy Act, which will be completed prior to commencement of these early construction activities.