NuScale signs memo with Ontario Power Generation for small modular reactors

NuScale Power signed a memorandum of understanding with Ontario Power Generation, Ontario’s public electricity generator, who has agreed to support NuScale in its vendor design review with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, bringing NuScale closer to introducing its ground-breaking small modular reactor (SMR) technology to Canadian customers.

NuScale is currently working on a service agreement to submit a VDR application with the CNSC. The goal of the VDR is to ensure the nuclear power plant design meets Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations, as well as Canadian codes and standards.

After the service agreement is signed, NuScale and the CNSC will develop a project execution plan for the content and timing of the subsequent submittals. NuScale’s technology is already the world’s first and only SMR to undergo design certification application review by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Through the new agreement, OPG will offer expertise to support not only NuScale’s Vendor Design Review application currently under development with the CNSC, but also the further evaluation of development, licensing, and deployment of the first NuScale power plant in Canada. 

NuScale’s SMR design has safety and reliability features, is factory-made, and offers scalable power based on need. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is scheduled to complete NuScale’s Design Certification application in September 2020. NuScale’s first customer, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, is on track to deploy the U.S.’s first SMR plant in the mid-2020s.


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