Romania and the United States agree on the location of the first small-scale nuclear reactor

The first small modular reactor (SMR) in Romania, and in the world, will be located in Doiceşti – in Dâmboviţa county, not far from Bucharest, Romanian Energy Minister Virgil Popescu announced on May 3, s expressing in a press conference with US Department of Energy Under-Secretary David Turk and US Charge d’Affaires David Muniz.

The 6-module NuScale plant will generate, in addition to the 462 MW of electricity, 193 permanent jobs, 1,500 construction jobs and 2,300 production jobs. It will avoid producing 4 million tons of CO2 emissions per year.

“Today, more than ever, it proves that energy is synonymous with security,” said Minister Popescu.

In March 2019, the Romanian state-controlled nuclear company Nuclearelectrica and NuScale of the United States signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to evaluate the development, licensing and construction of a NuScale SMR in Romania. .

The revolutionary NuScale Power Module™ (NPM), a small, safe pressurized water reactor, can generate 77 megawatts of electricity (MWe) and can be scaled to meet customer needs. The largest version of NuScale includes 12 modules and can generate 924 MWe.

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