GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH)said it had submitted its BWRX-300 small modular reactor design for a Vendor Design Review with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
The Vendor Design Review is an optional service provided by the CNSC to provide early feedback to the reactor vendor during the design process with the objective of verifying, at a high level, whether a plant design meets Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations. The combined Phase 1 and 2 review by the CNSC will focus on identifying any issues that could become fundamental barriers in a licensing process for a new build project in Canada while assuring that a resolution path exists for any issues that may be identified.
“We are designing the BWRX-300 small modular reactor to be cost competitive with gas and renewables,” said Jon Ball, Executive Vice President of Nuclear Plant Projects for GEH. “This review is an important step in the commercialization of this breakthrough technology.”
The BWRX-300 leverages the design and licensing basis of the U.S. NRC-certified ESBWR. Through dramatic design simplification, GEH projects the BWRX-300 will require up to 60 percent less capital cost per MW when compared to other water-cooled SMRs or existing large nuclear reactor designs. By leveraging the ESBWR design, utilizing proven components and through simplification innovations, GEH believes that the BWRX-300 can become cost-competitive with power generation from combined cycle gas and renewables.
As the tenth evolution of the Boiling Water Reactor (BWR), the BWRX-300 represents the simplest, yet most innovative BWR design since GE began developing nuclear reactors in 1955.
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