Nuclearelectrica announces that on October 27, 2022, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a $14 million grant to RoPower Nuclear SA (RoPower), the newly formed Small Modular Reactor Development Project Company by Nuclearelectrica and Nova Electricity and Gas. The grant will be used for the Initial Engineering and Design Study (FEED) to advance the project to develop Romania’s first SMR nuclear power plant.
The preliminary study will include key project development elements such as a site development and layout plan, a budget estimate and an environmental impact analysis execution plan. The FEED study builds on a recently completed $1.2 million USTDA study that identified suitable sites, technology options and a licensing roadmap for the SMR project. The FEED study will integrate the recommendations of the IAEA SEED mission requested by Nuclearelectrica in August 2022.
“We are following through on a commitment President Biden made at the launch of the Global Infrastructure and Investment Partnership in June, when he announced U.S. government support for this important small modular reactor project in Romania. “said Enoh T. Ebong of the USTDA. Director. “Several U.S. government agencies and the U.S. private sector are working in partnership with Romania to achieve its energy security and climate goals. Together, we are advancing ambitious and consequential projects that shape a cleaner and more secure energy future for Eastern Europe and the world”.
“Thanks to this new grant offered by USTDA, we are proud that Romania is recognized as a reliable and experienced partner in the deployment of the first SMR in Europe,” said Cosmin Ghita, CEO of Nuclearelectrica. “We have 26 years of experience in safe nuclear operations and over 50 years of experience in the development of the nuclear industry; we have an experienced regulator and a reliable supply chain, as well as a professional technology and engineering education system. We have all the assets and we are ready with the United States, after more than 50 years of partnership between our countries in the nuclear field, to deploy the most advanced civil nuclear technology and to promote the advantages of nuclear energy in as an affordable, clean and reliable source and a resilient source of energy.
The first power plant based on the NuScale SMR design is expected to enter service in the United States by the end of the decade. The USTDA-funded FEED study will facilitate the deployment of this design in Romania by focusing on adapting it to site-specific requirements at the preferred Doicesti Power Plant site, which is the location of a former power plant. coal.