NuScale Status in the Regulatory Process

NuScale is a pioneer in pre-application NRC engagement, having begun the process in July 2008. NuScale has made over 65 presentations to the NRC, and plans an additional 21 pre-application engagements in 2016. NuScale has submitted six topical reports and eight more will be submitted in 2016. NuScale engages the NRC on topics such as safety analysis, nuclear fuel, test programs, seismic analysis, and control room staffing. Pre-application will continue through DCA submittal scheduled for December 2016.

While the DCA review process is underway, NuScale expects one or more applicants to file a combined construction and operation license application (COLA) in 2018, allowing the DCA and COLA review processes to proceed on parallel paths. The design ultimately certified by the NRC will be incorporated in the COL. This supports the likely commercial dates of interest in the marketplace.

Regulatory procedures and timeline:

Licensing – NRC must issue an approved DCA and COL prior to construction. The company is in the pre-application review phase with the NRC. The DCA is expected to be submitted in December 2016, followed by a submission of a COL Application by NuScale’s first customer(s) in 2018.
Initial Operations - NuScale forecasts the first NPM will go into operation in 2024.
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NuScale was the first SMR vendor to engage with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and is on track to submit its Design Certification Application in December 2016.
NuScale's Integral System Test Facility
NuScale's Integral System Test Facility
Cross-sectional view of NuScale Power Module
Cross-sectional view of NuScale Power Module