Kudankulam NPP Units 3 and 4 are being constructed in Tamil Nadu state as part of a long-term Russian-Indian agreement.
When completed, the simulator facilities will be used for research, education, K-12 outreach and public advocacy regarding nuclear power and small modular reactor (SMR) technology.
This trend could continue until market forces make nuclear technology obsolete. Into this dynamic comes a resurgence in nuclear technology: liquid fluoride thorium reactors, or LFTRs (“lifters”).
The three replica simulators are for the Alvin W. Vogtle plant in Waynesboro, Georgia; the Edwin I. Hatch plant in Baxley, Georgia; and the Joseph M. Farley plant near Dothan, Alabama.
The federal agency said it will prepare an environmental impact statement as part of the process to build the test reactor in Idaho or Tennessee by the end of 2025.
Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction (DHIC) and Sargent & Lundy finalized agreements with NuScale on supporting future deployment of its small modular nuclear reactors.
The nuclear fuel order will be the first placed for a newly designed U.S. reactor in more than 30 years.