French state-controlled utility EDF and French nuclear state agency CEA are in talks with U.S. nuclear reactor builder Westinghouse to develop a Small Modular Reactor (SMR), a group of French companies involved in the project said on Tuesday. In a joint statement by CEA, EDF, defense firm Naval Group and nuclear propulsion specialist TechnicAtome, they said their jointly developed “Nuward” SMR project aims to build a 300-400 megawatt (MW) pressurized water reactor by the late 2020s and that it is open to international cooperation. “In that spirit, CEA and EDF have initiated discussions with Westinghouse Electric Company to explore potential cooperation on small modular reactor development,” the group said. EDF and Westinghouse are looking at SMRs as a way of standardizing reactor construction after struggling with years of delay and billions of dollars of cost overruns on their big nuclear reactors, which have capacities upwards of 1,000 MW. SMRs could be built in a factory rather than on site, which could eliminate some of the construction problems that have haunted nuclear newbuild sites in recent years.
Reuters 17th Sept 2019 read more »
A new small modular reactor (SMR) design has been announced by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), EDF, Naval Group and TechnicAtome. The Nuward – with a capacity of 300-400 MWe – has been jointly developed using France’s experience in pressurised water reactors (PWRs). CEA and EDF have already started discussions with Westinghouse of the USA to explore potential cooperation on SMR development.
World Nuclear News 17th Sept 2019 read more »
A prominent Conservative councillor and academic is seeking volunteers to research the possible use of nuclear reactors in Cumbria. Stephen Haraldsen, a county councillor for Yewdale, who is also a research fellow specialising in the history and governance of the nuclear industry, has called for people to get involved in the thinktank. His search for volunteers comes with Government plans in the pipeline to site a new type of miniature nuclear reactor as part of a £500m scheme. Events are due to be held in London and Cumbria over the next couple of months as part of a continuing mission to look into the project and to gauge the community’s attitude to the idea.
In Cumbria 17th Sept 2019 read more »