Westinghouse Partners with Burns & McDonnell to Develop Small Modular Reactor

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Westinghouse Partners with Burns & McDonnell to Develop Small Modular Reactor

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As it endeavors to be the first firm in the U.S. to license a small modular reactor, Westinghouse on Monday announced a partnership with Kansas City, Mo.-based engineering firm Burns & McDonnell to support its development.

“There is no question that nuclear power has to be a bigger player if we are serious about reducing our reliance on carbon-based fuel sources. SMRs are a great alternative to large nuclear reactors due to their more predictable costs and the speed at which they can be constructed. We have decades of experience designing the most advanced power facilities in the world and we are eager to put that experience to work with the Westinghouse team,” Burns & McDonnell Energy Division President Ray Kowalik said in a release. His employee-owned company with a staff of about 3,600 competes for a range of engineering projects in industries that include construction, aviation, telecommunications, transportation and energy.

The new agreement covers a variety of engineering services related to the Westinghouse SMR base plant design process, regulatory documentation and the development of an SMR construction program. Westinghouse and the NexStart SMR Alliance aim to license a 225 megawatt SMR design and build it at Ameren's Callaway nuclear plant in Missouri. Westinghouse estimates a single SMR's construction would have an economic impact of $3 billion in 15 states.

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  • Lets get going, Central Missouri can build this Nuclear plant for Ameren, Westinghouse , and Burns Mcdonnell!  Rob Joghnson 562

  • I will be especially happy if the DOE can reprocess a lot of the so-called 'spent fuel' that is sitting around, costing a fortune to store and secure from theft or terrorist action.

    SMR's could use that reprocessed fuel -- saving the taxpayers billions of dollars, although there will be reprocessing costs, of course. I suggest any alternative to reprocessing spent fuels, will eventually be more expensive still.

    I still think that SMR can be part of the solution here, not to mention providing reliable, low cost and clean power for the next few decades.

    Passive and redundant design incorporated into the GE AP units and the IRIS reactors?

    The best and smartest thing that ever happened to the nuclear industry!

    If only ALL the old reactors all over the world could be replaced by IRIS units, ASAP. And, use up all that so-called 'spent fuel' over the next few decades.

    Now that would be the smartest thing the government could do.

    Cheers, John Brian Shannon

  • Given that the Harry Reid and President Obama combined to cancel the Yucca Mountain project, US nuclear power plants should deliver their dry spent fuel currently storred on-site in casks to Washington, and place them on the White house lawn and leave them there until the Government meets its commitment to build a permanent spent fuel storage facility.

  • Spent-fuel reprocessing is standard procedure in Russia and France. For years I have questioned why it is not allowed in the US, particularly when one considers the cost, controversy and security issues regarding "interim" and long-term storage of spent fuel.