Romania: Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica SA
In March 2019, NuScale Power and the Romanian energy company Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica SA (SNN SA) began a strategic relationship to exchange business and technical information about NuScale’s innovative small modular reactor (SMR) technology. Through a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the two parties will evaluate the potential for development, licensing, and construction of a NuScale SMR power plant in Romania.
“With many years of experience in nuclear power, SNN SA understands the unique energy needs of Romania,” said John Hopkins, NuScale Power Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Nuclear power currently provides 20 percent of domestic energy in Romania. Since its founding in 1998, SNN SA has been the sole operator of nuclear power plants in Romania using CANDU reactor technology. Examples of how NuScale’s groundbreaking SMR technology can help Romania meet ambitious European Union decarbonization targets (40 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030) include:
- A 720 MWe NuScale plant would avoid over 6 million tons of CO2 emissions per year (as compared to coal) — the equivalent of taking 1.3 million cars off of the road.
- A NuScale plant can provide low-carbon energy and heat for industrial processes in Romania such as desalination, hydrogen production, and oil refining to decarbonize the supply chain.
“As the only nuclear power provider in Romania, we see great potential in SMRs because of the clean, safe, and affordable power they provide,” said Cosmin Ghita, Chief Executive Officer of SNN SA. “We look forward to working with NuScale to see how their groundbreaking technology can benefit our customers and power Romania’s energy needs.”
Czech Republic: ČEZ Group
In September 2019, NuScale and leading Czech utility conglomerate ČEZ Group signed an MOU to share nuclear and technical expertise as the two companies examine applications for NuScale’s SMR technology.
ČEZ currently operates two nuclear power plants in the Czech Republic, with nuclear power generating roughly one third of all electricity in the country. Through the MOU, NuScale and ČEZ will exchange information relating to nuclear supply chain development, construction, and operation and maintenance.
Ukraine: State Scientific And Technical Center For Nuclear Radiation And Safety
In February 2020, NuScale announced the signing of an MOU with Ukraine’s State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS). NuScale hosted an MOU signing ceremony attended by Mr. Ihor Shevchenko, Director SSTC NRS, Hryhorii Plachkov, Chairman of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate (SNRIU), and members of the Ukrainian Delegation.
The SSTC NRS serves as a key advisor to the SNRIU in the review and approval of new nuclear technologies. The SSTC NRS also provides technical advice and independent assessment for the SNRIU to verify compliance with the rules, regulations, and standards of nuclear safety, and conduct data analysis and reporting on the safety of nuclear energy.
The MOU states that the SSTC NRS and NuScale will collaborate on the regulatory and design gaps between the U.S. and Ukraine processes for the licensing, construction, and operation of a NuScale SMR power plant in Ukraine.
“This MOU will advance knowledge about how SMR technology can serve the energy needs of Ukraine,” said Ihor Shevchenko, Director at SSTC NRS. “The results of the evaluation will be integral to the licensing process for SMRs and the future deployment of NuScale’s technology in Ukraine.”