Source: Electric Light & Power | Editors | March 16, 2017

NuScale Power signNuScale Power, in which Fluor Corp. is the majority investor, has received notice that its design certification application has been accepted for review by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

By accepting the completed application for review, the NRC confirms that NuScale’s submission addresses all NRC requirements and contains sufficient technical information to conduct the review.

NuScale’s small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) commercial power plant technology can deliver the energy diversity needed to power energy needs while also providing a safe, more flexible, carbon-free power generation solution.

“Fluor is pleased that the NRC validated the receipt of NuScale’s design certification application in such a timely manner,” said David Seaton, Fluor’s chairman and CEO. “We believe that the future of the U.S. new-build power generation industry includes NuScale’s small modular reactor technology and that NuScale is uniquely positioned as the only U.S. company leading the way.”

“This is a great next step for a new U.S.-based nuclear technology and a step that affirms NuScale as a true leader in SMR technology development,” said John Hopkins, NuScale’s CEO. “The exceptional news that the NRC was able to accept our application during the 60-day docketing review period is validation of NuScale’s hard work over the past eight years.”

NuScale’s small modular reactors include scalable plants, and the facility output can be incrementally increased depending upon the demand. The technology’s operational flexibility can also be integrated with other carbon-free renewable energy sources like wind and solar to provide consistent power and to help enable stable grid performance.

NuScale marked a milestone on December 31, 2016, when the company asked the NRC to approve its SMR design, the first submitted in the United States.

Fluor has supported NuScale since October 2011 – before the U.S. Department of Energy announced its cost-sharing program – as part of a long history with nuclear energy. For more than 60 years, Fluor has been providing the engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance of nuclear power plants, thereby helping to provide a long-term clean energy solution in the U.S. and around the world.