Category Archives: Nuclear

INL Versatile Test Reactor Gets First Expression of Interest

Plans by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to build the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) and complete it this decade got a boost this week. Two firms with deep expertise in sodium-cooled advanced reactors have … Continue reading

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Rolls-Royce to Focus on Competitive Costs in UK for 440 MWe LWR Nuclear Reactor

The firm targets the end of this decade for roll out of its 440 MWe design Romania curtails China agreement for Cernavoda and US makes a pitch for the business, but SNC Lavalin gets the nod for refurbishment of Unit … Continue reading

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South Korea’s SMART SMR Gets New Life

Saudi Arabia has updated its agreement with South Korea to complete a 100 MWe SMR, to license it for use in that country and to offer it for export. The joint project between the two countries, which began in 2011, … Continue reading

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NuScale Comes Calling in Canada, but Competition Awaits It There

NuScale, the developer of a 60 MWe small modular reactor, announced this week its submittal to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for pre-licensing vendor design review (VDR). In doing so it hopes to take advantage of the joint agreement … Continue reading

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Idaho National Laboratory Gets New Supercomputer for Simulation of Advanced Reactor Designs and the Fuels that Will Power Them

A powerful new supercomputer arrived in December at Idaho National Laboratory’s Collaborative Computing Center. The machine has the capability to run complex modeling and simulation applications, which are essential to developing next-generation nuclear technologies and the fuels that will power … Continue reading

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2020 Begins with a Cascade of Positive Developments for Nuclear Energy Projects Large and Small

SNC-Lavalin gets Contract to Start Work on Two CANDU type reactors for China Czech Republic PM Calls for Supplier For New Dukovany Unit To Be Chosen In 2022 UAE 1st PWR at Barakah Operating License On Schedule for 1Q/2020 DOE … Continue reading

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OKLO Announces 1.5 MWe Mini-Reactor

After working under wraps for several years, Oklo announced in December an advanced nuclear reactor that runs on a single fuel load for decades. Calling it the “Aurora Advanced Fission Clean Energy Plant,” the firm says the power plant would … Continue reading

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