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NuScale SMR to be examined for use in Bulgaria

  • 2 months ago (2021-02-18)
  • David Flin
Europe 828 Nuclear 506

Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant – New Build Plc (KNPP-NB) will evaluate NuScale SMR technology for possible deployment at the existing Kozloduy site in Bulgaria. This follows Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers recent decision to extend the capacity of the Kozloduy site.

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Under the terms of an MOU, NuScale will support KNPP-NB as it conducts a number of studies and analyses. These will include development of a project timeline with milestone deliverables for a feasibility study, a project-specific cost estimate, and engineering, planning, licensing, and other activities supporting potential implementation of a NuScale SMR.

The NuScale Power Module is a PWR with all the steam generation and heat exchange components incorporated into a single integrated unit. The unit can generate 77 MW per module, or 924 MW for a 12-module power plant. NuScale will also offer four-module and six-module options.

In September 2020, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a standard design approval to NuScale Power for the NuScale SMR. Site-specific licensing procedures and a combined construction and operating license still need to be obtained from the relevant authorities before any construction can begin.