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The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has published the second edition of its Small Modular Reactor Dashboard which tracks the progress of selected small modular reactor (SMR) designs towards deployment. NEA says the SMR designs are at various stages of development, from fundamental research on new concepts to commercial deployment and operation of mature designs.

Date: Saturday, 02 March 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnea-launches-second-edition-of-its-small-modular-reactor-dashboard-11561305

Framatome US Government Solutions has announced a design phase award for the Ex-vessel Fuel Handling Equipment Project for US TerraPower’s Natrium reactor.

Date: Thursday, 29 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-to-collaborate-with-terrapower-on-equipment-for-natrium-reactor-11554223

Sheffield Forgemasters has completed weld-assembly of a full-size small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear vessel demonstrator using Local Electron-Beam Welding (LEBW). Sheffield Forgemasters Research, Design & Technology Director Jesus Talamantes-Silva said the company had achieved “a significant milestone in assembling a nuclear vessel demonstrator, using electron beam welding for the first time at this scale, with 100% success and no defects”.

Date: Thursday, 22 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssheffield-forgemasters-completes-smr-nuclear-vessel-demonstrator-11533660

US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has formally submitted an application to the UK Department of Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) for approval to enter the General Design Assessment (GDA) process for its AP300 small modular reactor (SMR).

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-applies-for-uk-generic-design-assessment-for-its-ap300-smr-11519660

US-based TerraPower has selected five suppliers to support its Natrium Reactor Demonstration Project in Kemmerer, Wyoming. TerraPower these award selections are integral to the development of the Natrium plant. “Upon completion, the Natrium plant will be a full commercial operating plant and will bring to market clean, reliable, stable baseload energy and flexible energy storage, as well as long-term jobs to energy producing communities.”

Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrapower-selects-five-suppliers-for-its-natrium-reactor-project-11512368

US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed an agreement with the UK’s Community Nuclear Power (CNP) to deploy the UK’s first privately-financed small modular reactor (SMR) fleet in Northeast England, using Westinghouse AP300 SMRs. “It is a significant step in making this new energy sector a reality with commercial operation expected by the early 2030s,” Westinghouse said.

Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-considers-deploying-four-ap300-smrs-in-the-uk-11512559

The company has formally submitted an application to the UK Department of Energy Security and Net Zero for approval to enter the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the AP300 small modular reactor.

Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Westinghouse-begins-UK-licensing-process-for-AP300

Poland’s General Director for Environmental Protection (GDOS - Generalna Dyrekcja Ochrony Srodowiska) has issued a provision specifying the requirements for the scope of the environmental report for construction of a small modular reactor (SMR) in Monowski Ponds in Lesser Poland. Orlen Synthos Green Energy (OSGE) can now begin environmental and siting research for its planned SMR project involving GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's BWRX-300, for which it holds exclusive rights in Poland.

Date: Wednesday, 07 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsenvironmental-permitting-of-polish-smr-plant-progresses-11494199

Orlen Synthos Green Energy (OSGE) can now begin environmental and siting research for its planned small modular reactor (SMR) project in Stawy Monowskie, in Małopolska, Poland, after the country's General Director for Environmental Protection (GDOŚ) issued the scope of the environmental report for the project.

Date: Tuesday, 06 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Environmental-permitting-of-Polish-SMR-plant-progr