Bechtel and nuclear technology firm BWX Technologies (BWXT) have agreed to work together to develop a commercially viable state-of-the-art small modular nuclear reactor (SMR).
Bechtel will work on engineering, licensing, procurement, construction, and project management as the programme leader. BWXT will focus on designing and testing the nuclear steam supply system (NSSS). The aim is to develop a 195MW electric power plant under the Generation mPower brand.
Bechtel’s nuclear power business unit general manager Ty Troutman said: “This technology holds great promise and we are firmly committed to doing everything we can to bring it to market.
“It’s one of the keys to solving the problem of replacing older power plants without relying on fossil fuels. Pound for pound, small modular reactors can deliver more 24/7 electricity than any other low-carbon alternative energy technology.”
The small reactor will be factory built and can be shipped by rail. It has an underground containment structure.