2018 DOE, UAMPS, and BEa
NuScale is thrilled that in just a few years, Idaho will become home of our country’s first SMR nuclear power plant. Our first project partner, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), will site a NuScale 12-module plant, capable of generating 720 MWe of clean electricity, within the 890-square mile site of the Department of Energy Idaho National Laboratory (INL-DOE). This collaboration is part of the UAMPS Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP), which was launched in 2014 to advance state and national efforts to reduce carbon emissions and increase air quality.
In December 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy announced that the DOE, UAMPS, and the manager and operator of INL-DOE, Battelle Energy Alliance, intend to demonstrate the importance of the resilient, reliable, and safe power that NuScale small modular reactors (SMRs) generate. Through this collaboration, the partners will draw from two of the twelve NuScale SMRs within the new plant as a part of the Joint Use Modular Plant (JUMP) program. Key components of the project are:
- BEA and UAMPS intend to sign an agreement to use one of the NuScale SMRs for INL-DOE research, development, and demonstration activities under the JUMP program.
- DOE and UAMPS intend to work together to engage the local utility, Idaho Power, regarding the supply of power produced by the project to support INL-DOE’s energy needs. INL -DOE will need up to 70 MW of power in the 2025-2030 timeframe. A second NuScale module will be considered for a Power Purchase Agreement to support INL-DOE energy needs.
“This agreement will allow DOE to meet its needs in the form of resilient power to a national security mission-based lab while drawing from our nation’s newest class of advanced reactors,” said Ed McGinnis, NE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. “The JUMP program provides a unique opportunity for the nation’s leading nuclear laboratory to conduct nuclear energy research and contribute to the successful commercialization of the nation’s first SMR.”
Virginia-based company Enfission, a 50-50 joint venture between Lightbridge Corporation (NASDAQ: LTBR) and Framatome, is developing and commercializing next generation nuclear fuel technology that will significantly improve the economics and safety of existing and new reactors. In May 2019, NuScale announced its plans to work with Enfission on the development of research and testing programs to explore the application of their nuclear fuel rod technology, which is well suited for the natural circulation design of the NuScale Power Module™. While NuScale’s plant design is already the most resilient nuclear reactor in the world, Lightbridge Fuel™ is expected to enhance core design, performance, and levelized costs of electricity.
“As NuScale continues making progress to bring America’s first small modular reactor to market, we are excited to begin work with Virginia-based Enfission, the industry leader in metallic fuel rod technology,” said NuScale Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer José Reyes. “We look forward to further optimizing all aspects of our unparalleled advanced nuclear reactor design.”
Enfission was established January 25, 2018 to complete the development, regulatory licensing, and commercial deployment worldwide of nuclear fuel assemblies based on multi-lobe metallic twisted fuel technology. On December 1, 2015, Framatome signed an agreement with NuScale to manufacture fuel assemblies for its SMR based on conventional ceramic uranium dioxide fuel and provide testing and analyses needed for its Nuclear Regulatory Commission design certification application. The addition of Enfission’s Lightbridge Fuel™ into the equation further solidifies this relationship and will provide future flexibility on fuel types depending on the reactor demands.
“We look forward to working with NuScale Power, with our patented metallic fuel technology contributing to NuScale’s groundbreaking progress in introducing the country’s first small modular reactor,” said Seth Grae, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lightbridge and Enfission.
Our collaboration with Enfission underscores NuScale’s commitment to working with American companies as we expand our supply chain and optimize our technology ahead of expected commercialization in 2026 with the nation’s first SMR plant at the Idaho National Laboratory as part of UAMPS Carbon Free Power Project.
Sargent & Lundy
In May 2019, NuScale Power LLC and Sargent & Lundy announced an exciting collaboration to embark on a strategic relationship to support deployment of NuScale Plants worldwide.
Sargent & Lundy, a global leader in power engineering with more than 60 years of experience in nuclear unit design, will bring its expertise to the larger U.S.-led team working to build NuScale’s groundbreaking NuScale Power Module™ (NPM), America’s first small modular reactor. Since 1954, nuclear power has been a core competency of Sargent & Lundy, with proven capabilities in engineering, design, analysis, compliance, project management, and more. Their leading-edge services address today’s emerging issues with cost-effective solutions for both new nuclear unit design and upgrades to operating units.
“NuScale is excited about this new strategic relationship with Sargent & Lundy, a global leader in power and energy architect engineering,” said John Hopkins, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NuScale Power. “We are proud to have Sargent & Lundy’s expertise in our corner expanding the breadth of our design development team to bring NuScale’s pioneering design – and America’s first SMR – to market.”
The agreement outlines how Sargent & Lundy will become a NuScale investor, proceed with development of the standard plant design based on the U.S. Design Certification Application, and will provide additional architect engineer support as agreed by NuScale and Sargent & Lundy. Fluor Corporation will continue to be the EPC for plant construction as planned and will work with NuScale and Sargent & Lundy on aspects of the NuScale standard plant design. Under the terms of the recent agreement, the companies are aiming to close the strategic relationship within the next 30 days.
“We are inspired by the simplicity and exceptional safety inherent in NuScale’s design and expect this technology to have a major impact on the future of the electric power industry,” said Sargent & Lundy Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer Thomas R. White. “We are proud to partner with NuScale as the company continues progress towards a clean energy future for America and around the globe.”
Engineering service to operating nuclear units has been a continuous top priority at Sargent & Lundy and has made them leaders in this arena. As a firm currently supporting 106 nuclear units across North America and nuclear clients worldwide, Sargent & Lundy is trusted throughout the industry. Currently the “Engineer of Choice” at 79 of the 98 operating nuclear units in the U.S., they regularly provide engineering services to nearly all domestic nuclear units. Sargent & Lundy serves as a leader in nuclear-related code committees, applying our experience to benefit the industry as a whole.