Flash: NuScale executive says firm will build SMRs at Idaho lab

mike mcgoughWriting in a series of comment on this blog, Mike McGough, Chief Commercial Officer, NuScale Power, (right) said Sunday October 11th that NuScale has announced that UAMPS will be the owner and ENW the operator of our first plant in Idaho.

“We are in site selection activities as we speak. While we do not yet know exactly where the best site will reside, we do know that the DOE INL site has been well-characterized and that we expect to find possible choices there, once the screening of the state is competed.

Our planned project in Idaho, known as the UAMPS Carbon Free Power Project, will be a full 12-module 600MWe (gross) NuScale plant.”

UAMPS has entered into a Teaming Agreement with NuScale and Energy Northwest that outlines the parties’ intent to investigate the viability of developing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) project, at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) near Idaho Falls.

A NuScale SMR project could consist of up to 12 50 MW reactors (600 MW total). Each reactor sits within a containment vessel measuring 76 feet tall x 15 feet in diameter. Each reactor and containment vessel operates independently of the other reactors inside a water-filled pool that is built below grade.

It is now only a matter of time until NuScale formally announces its intention to submit a combined construction and operating license application (COL) to the NRC.

The original article posted on this blog on Saturday October 10th speculated that the Idaho lab would be an ideal location for an SMR.

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