NuScale and Romanian Energy Company Sign Agreement to Explore SMRs for Romania

NuScale Power announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica SA (SNN SA), a Romanian energy company, to exchange business and technical information on NuScale’s innovative nuclear technology. The goal of the agreement is to evaluate the development, licensing and construction of a NuScale small modular reactor (SMR) for a potential similar long-term solution in Romania. The agreement is the latest sign of growing international interest in NuScale’s innovative nuclear technology.

“With many years of experience in nuclear power, SNN SA understands the unique energy needs of Romania,” said John Hopkins, NuScale Power Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “NuScale looks forward to showcasing our safe, scalable, and reliable nuclear technology, and collaborating with SNN SA to determine what role NuScale’s technology can play in Romania’s energy future.”

“As the only nuclear power provider in Romania, we see great potential in SMRs because of the clean, safe, and affordable power they provide,” said Cosmin Ghita, Chief Executive Officer of Nuclearelectrica. “We look forward to working with NuScale to see how their groundbreaking technology can benefit our customers and power Romania’s energy needs.”

NuScale’s technology is the world’s first and only SMR to undergo design certification review by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The NRC is scheduled to complete its review of NuScale’s design in September 2020. NuScale has also signed MOUs to explore the deployment of its SMR technology in Canada and Jordan.

China starts construction of new SMR

The Chinese Ministry of Environment has proceeded to assess the environmental impact of a project to build a small modular reactor ACP100 (SMR) in Changjiang, Hainan, as the construction will commence by the end of this year. According to the Chinese edition Nuclear...

Global First Power files Canada’s first SMR project license application

Ontario’s Global First Power (GFP) has submitted Canada’s first small modular reactor (SMR) project license application to build a plant at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) Chalk River site, GFP announced April 1.

GFP has applied to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for a License to Prepare Site for a potential Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) project, the company said.
GFP is developing a 5 MWe high-temperature gas-cooled reactor designed by U.S. group Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC).

In February, GFP became the first SMR developer to advance to the third stage of Canada’s selection process to build a full-scale demonstration plant.

CNL aims to host at least one demonstration plant on site by 2026. In June 2018, four SMR developers, including Global First Power, Terrestrial Energy and Starcore Nuclear, entered into CNL’s design selection process.

GFP has progressed through the prequalification and due diligence stages of CNL’s selection process and can now proceed with stage 3, which involves non-exclusive negotiations on land arrangements, project risk management, and contractual terms, CNL said in February.

China starts construction of new SMR

The Chinese Ministry of Environment has proceeded to assess the environmental impact of a project to build a small modular reactor ACP100 (SMR) in Changjiang, Hainan, as the construction will commence by the end of this year. According to the Chinese edition Nuclear...

The five-member composition of VAS has ruled the legality of the EIA for the construction of new nuclear power on site 2 of Kozloduy NPP

The five-member Chamber of the Supreme Administrative Court dismissed the appeals against decision No 1-1/2015. Of the Minister of Environment and Water, which approved the environmental impact assessment in connection with the realization of an investment proposal "construction of a new nuclear power from the latest generation at the Kozloduy NPP site 2. This result was reached after the annulment of a decision of a three-member Chamber of 17 May M, which annulled the assessment. Decision on Adm. Case no 12369, 2018. is final.

The five-member group considered that in the issuance of decision No1-1/2015, the obligatory procedures of the EIA Ordinance were complied with, including Environmental impact assessment in a cross-border context.

As regards the question raised by the appellants as to the long-term solution to the problem of irradiated nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, the Court held that, by law, it was the duty of a third party neučastvaŝo in the administrative procedure. The management of spent nuclear fuel, radioactive waste and environmental measures related to this activity and the protection of human life and health is within the competence of state-owned enterprises "Radioactive waste" under The law and not the Kozloduy NPP – new capacities EAD, which is the contracting authority of the investment proposal for the construction of new nuclear power.

As regards the question of choice of site 2 posed by the appellants, the Cassation Court observes that the choice was made in accordance with the opinions of the team of specialised experts drawn up the EIA report, the specialised Departments, including those responsible for the conservation of biological diversity and for the protection of water resources, including and "water supply and sewerage" LTD., Town of Vratsa, which manages the water supply facilities in the area.

On the subject of groundwater monitoring, the Court considered that an explicit measure was envisaged as part of the already functioning monitoring system for Kozloduy NPP. The five-member Chamber also finds that the report has explicitly taken an opinion on the impact on the protected species of Alosa sp. and invasive species of Asian kortibula, with specific protection measures foreseen. This question was also put to the public consultation in the Republic of Romania, as well as the opinion of the National Office for Nature Protection.

With this Act YOU once again confirm the conscientious and high professional attitude of the teams of Kozloduy NPP PLC and Kozloduy NPP-new capacities EAD to the activities for the responsible and sustainable development of nuclear energy.

Еlaboration of a Detailed Structural Plan

During the regular meeting of the Council of Kozloduy Municipality on 13th August 2019 the unanimous decision was authorized in a relation with the elaboration of a Detailed Structural Plan of the site which is suitable for constructing of a new nuclear power...