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CEA, EDF & Westinghouse to Cooperate on a Small Modular Reactor

Power News - Published on Thu, 19 Sep 2019

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During the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, CEA, EDF and Westinghouse Electric Company signed a framework agreement to explore potential cooperation on small modular reactor development. Worldwide demand for low carbon- electricity generation in the 300-400 MW range is an important market segment that the parties strongly believe their unparalleled experience in nuclear fuel and reactor design, and operation can address. Under the agreement, the three will examine the possibility of combining the long-standing pressurised water reactor expertise from both the French NUWARD™ initiative (supported by Naval Group and TechnicAtome together with CEA and EDF) and the Westinghouse SMR design, featuring the industry's only passive safety technology in operation, to meet the growing world demand for decarbonized, competitive and safe electricity.

As part of this international cooperation framework, the parties will also pursue regulatory and design standardization, which are key for the implementation of a successful SMR design.

The detailed project roadmap will be confirmed in early 2020.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 19 Sep 2019
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