NuScale forges DOE partnership in South Carolina

NuScale Power LLC has formed a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy

NuScale Power LLC has formed a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy.

NuScale Power LLC has formed a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy furthering efforts to deploy the company’s small, modular nuclear reactors at the department’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

The partnership, announced last week, between the Corvallis-based nuclear energy technology startup and the DOE’s Savannah River National Laboratory is intended to help provide a framework for developing land use agreements for siting the small nuclear reactors on federally owned land.

Bruce Landrey, NuScale’s vice president, said the DOE has expressed interest in using some of its sites to develop energy parks featuring new technologies. In its news release, the DOE said its support of small modular reactors in particular not only helps bolster U.S. manufacturing, but has “the added advantage of passive safety systems, compact and scalable design and lower capital costs.”

Landrey said NuScale has been in ongoing discussions with officials from the 310-square-mile Savannah River Site outside Aiken, S.C., for more than a year to learn requirements for developing a commercial power plant there. The agreement formalizes those discussions, he said.

“Because of the interest (in the reactors) across DOE sites, it provides an opportunity for both organizations to learn about the pathway and requirements to deploy our technology on a DOE site,” Landrey said.

In a news release Thursday, Mike McGough, NuScale’s vice president of business development, said South Carolina in general provides a good opportunity for NuScale.

Fluor Corp., the Texas engineering giant that in October acquired a controlling stake in NuScale, already employs 2,000 people at an office in Greenville, S.C., including 50 working on the design and engineering of NuScale’s technology.

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