NUSCALE has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in a bid to bring NuScale’s small modular reactors (SMRs) to the Canadian market.
OPG has agreed to support NuScale in its vendor design review with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The review will ensure that the design meets Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations. OPG will also assist in the evaluation of development, licensing, and deployment of NuScale’s first facility in Canada.
John Hopkins, NuScale chairman and CEO, said: “We see this agreement with OPG as an important milestone in NuScale’s efforts to bring our scalable, economic, carbon-free, and safe reactor to Canada. We are extremely fortunate to have OPG’s valuable nuclear regulatory and utility expertise.”
Jeff Lehman, vice president of new nuclear development at OPG, said: “We know that the company’s small modular reactor technology holds strong potential for Canadian electricity users. In support of Canada’s climate change goals, we look forward to supporting NuScale as they move through the Canadian regulatory process.”
NuScale is so far the only company to seek approval for its design from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and its first customer, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, will deploy the first SMR plant in the US in the mid-2020s.
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