NuScale, ENERCON team on small modular reactor deployment

NuScale Power LLC and Enercon Services said March 18 that they have formed a new strategic partnership to support deployment of the NuScale Power Small Modular Reactor fleet worldwide.

ENERCON is taking an equity position in NuScale and will utilize its licensing expertise to support the development of the Design Certification Application.

John Richardson, President of ENERCON, said: “We are proud to join with NuScale to help the nuclear industry move forward with this important new technology. NuScale has demonstrated a leadership role since the inception of the NuScale Power Module in 2000. And with their recent selection as a winner of DOE SMR funding, that position has only been enhanced.”

Said John Hopkins, NuScale Power President and CEO: “I am pleased to add ENERCON to our growing team of partners who are committed to the successful deployment of the safest Small Modular Reactor nuclear energy technology ever developed. ENERCON’s experience and capabilities in the areas of new plant licensing will be a powerful asset moving forward.”

ENERCON is an engineering, environmental, and technical services company serving the energy industry with particular focus on nuclear power. Founded in 1983, the company currently provides engineering support to around 90 of the 100 nuclear power plants operating in the U.S. ENERCON’s corporate headquarters is in Kennesaw, Ga.

NuScale Power is developing a new kind of nuclear plant; a safer, smaller, scalable version of pressurized water reactor technology, designed with natural safety features. Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR), a global engineering, procurement and construction company with a 60-year history in commercial nuclear power, is the majority investor in NuScale.

As the sole winner of the second round of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) competitively-bid, cost-sharing program to develop nuclear small modular reactor (SMR) technology, NuScale’s design offers the benefits of carbon-free nuclear power but takes away the issues presented by the cost of installing large capacity, the company noted. A nuclear power plant using NuScale’s technology is comprised of individual nuclear power modules; each produces 45 MW with its own combined containment vessel and reactor system, and its own packaged turbine-generator set. A power plant can include as many as 12 NuScale integral PWR modules to produce as much as 540 MW.