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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for construction of the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), a sodium-cooled reactor that will provide a source of fast neutrons needed to test advanced reactor technology, fuels and related materials. The draft EIS will be open for a 45-day public comment period.

Date: Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-DOE-issues-draft-EIS-for-new-test-reactor

US-based NuScale Power announced that it has finalised an agreement with Sarens USA to support deployment of its small modular reactor (SMR) and provide a cash investment in NuScale.

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-finalises-agreement-with-sarens-8415158

The US Department of Energy (DOE) on 16 December announced $30 million in initial funding for one of three programmes under its Advanced Reactor Demonstration Programme (ARDP).

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-doe-funding-for-advanced-reactors-8415258

Synthos Green Energy has announced the completion of a deployment feasibility study for the implementation of a fleet of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy BWRX-300 small modular reactors in Poland. The study, which was prepared by Exelon Generation, will help the Synthos Group estimate how many reactors would need to be built to make the most of the cost effect of serial SMR production.

Date: Thursday, 17 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Exelon-completes-SMR-feasibility-study-for-Polish

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) announced on 1 December that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had issued a Final Safety Evaluation Report for the first of several licensing topical reports (LTRs) that have been submitted for the BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR).

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslicensing-milestone-for-bwrx-300-smr-8391228

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a final safety evaluation report for the first of several licensing topical reports (LTRs) that have been submitted by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy for the BWRX-300 small modular reactor, the US-based company announced on Tuesday.

The LTR, which was submitted to the NRC in December 2019, forms the basis for the dramatic simplification of the BWRX-300, a statement said. Topical reports deal with a specific, safety-related subject and are designed to minimise the time and resources that both industry and NRC staff expend on multiple reviews of the same topic.

“Obtaining NRC approval of the specific innovations that simplify the BWRX-300 design is a major milestone in our efforts to license this game-changing technology,” said Jay Wileman, president and chief executive officer of GEH. “The BWRX-300 will leverage much of the existing licensing basis of the NRC-certified ESBWR [Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor] and this LTR will accelerate our commercialisation efforts as we remain focused on making the first SMR operational later this decade.”

Date: Wednesday, 02 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/ge-hitachi-nuclear-energy-bwrx-300-smr-achieves-licensing-milestone-12-2-2020

Canada’s New Brunswick Power (NB Power), Moltex Energy, and Advanced Reactor Concepts, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to find synergies by establishing a small modular reactor vendor cluster in New Brunswick.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadas-new-brunswick-promotes-smrs-8368871

Advanced Reactor Concepts, New Brunswick Power (NB Power) and Moltex Energy have agreed to set up a small modular reactor (SMR) vendor cluster in New Brunswick. Meanwhile, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has issued a call for proposals for the second round of a programme to accelerate the deployment of SMRs in Canada.

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-collaborations-move-SMR-plans-forwards

UK-based Rolls-Royce has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with US utility Exelon Generation to pursue the potential for Exelon to operate compact nuclear power stations both in the UK and internationally. Exelon Generation will be using their operational experience to assist Rolls Royce in the development and deployment of the UKSMR.

Date: Friday, 13 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrolls-royce-signs-mous-on-smrs-with-exelon-and-cez-8358774

US-based NuScale Power said on 10 November that it had re-assessed its existing reference plant design and would announce variations that offer increased per module power generating capacity and smaller scale plant options.

Date: Thursday, 12 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-power-announces-25-increase-in-capacity-of-its-smr-modules-8356708