NuScale, Energoatom of Ukraine Sign MOU

[UPDATED] NuScale Power and the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company of Ukraine (Energoatom) announced Wednesday that the two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the deployment of NuScale Power plants in Ukraine.

NuScale plant modelEnergoatom is the Ukrainian state operator for the country’s four nuclear power stations. "This agreement is further evidence of growing international interest for NuScale’s small modular reactors (SMRs) and indicative of Ukraine’s desire to find new, innovative sources of clean, reliable, and affordable energy to the country," NuScale said in the announcement.

Under the MOU, NuScale will support Energoatom’s examination of NuScale’s SMR technology, including a feasibility study for proposed project sites, the development of a project timeline and deliverables, cost studies, technical reviews, licensing and permitting activities, and project-specific engineering studies and design work.

“As demonstrated by recent announcements ... NuScale is continuing to gain impressive momentum in international interest around the globe,” said John Hopkins, Chairman and CEO of NuScale Power. “ NuScale this week announced the opening of a reactor simulator laboratory built as the second of three Energy Exploration Centers, this one developed in collaboration with the University of Idaho at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies located in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Petro Kotin, acting president of NNEGC Energoatom said the Ukrainian operator "is pleased to establish a cooperative [ed.] agreement with NuScale Power, a U.S. vendor of small modular reactors."

Kotin said Energoatom was "considering the possibility of building SMRs in Ukraine to replace carbon-emitting thermal power plants and to increase the load following load capacities of the Ukrainian energy system.”

In August 2020, NuScale became the first company to receive design approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for an SMR reactor. In July of 2021, the Commission published the proposed rule that would certify the NuScale design – a crucial step towards the construction and deployment of this SMR technology. The company maintains strong program momentum toward commercialization of its SMR technology, including supply chain development, standard plant design, planning of plant delivery activities, and startup and commissioning plans.

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