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04.02.2014 10:10
Westinghouse backs off small modular reactors
Тhe decision comes about a month after the US DOE denied for the second time funding for Westinghouse Electric’s SMR development

  • Westinhouse Electric SMR project
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According to a publication in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, cited in Power Engineering, Westinghouse Electric Co. is pulling back from small modular nuclear reactor technology after millions of dollars and more than a decade spent developing it.

The publication cites Danny Roderick, president and CEO of the company, saying that it recently “reprioritized” staff devoted to small modular reactors (SMR) development and funneled their efforts to the AP1000, the company’s full-scale new generation pressurized water reactor currently under construction in China and the USA. Mr Roderick said in front of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “The problem I have with SMRs is not the technology, it’s not the deployment – it’s that there’s no customers. The worst thing to do is get ahead of the market.”

However, the decision comes about a month after the US Department of Energy (DOE) denied for the second time funding for Westinghouse Electric’s SMR development. The DOE has already awarded cost-sharing arrangements to two other companies. In November 2012, North Carolina-based Babcock & Wilcox won the first round of funding for its proposed 180 MW reactor, mPower. In December 2013 the DOE decided to award financing to another company – NuScale Power LLC for its 45 MW reactor.

Westinghouse applied for both rounds in partnership with Ameren Missouri for its 225 MW SMR. Following the latest DOE decision, Ameren Missouri said in a statement it is “stepping back and considering our alternatives.”

TAGS: USA | DOE | SMR | modular | reactor | nuclear | Westinghouse | AP1000 

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