U.S. engineering, procurement and construction firm Fluor will provide its services for Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems’ Carbon-Free Power Project.
Texas-based Fluor was awarded a contract for estimating, development, design and engineering services on the project actually located in Idaho. The project includes plans for nuclear energy featuring NuScale’s small modular reactor design.
Fluor and NuScale Power have been partners in the development toward smaller reactors. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given its approval for the SMR design by NuScale.
“Fluor’s development agreement with UAMPS for its Carbon-Free Power Project is a monumental milestone toward providing clean load following, base load energy for UAMPS members using NuScale Power’s unique small modular reactor design,” said Alan Boeckmann, executive chairman of Fluor. “Fluor has been a preeminent player in the nuclear industry for 70 years and is well positioned to assist UAMPS and the DOE to accomplish their objectives to provide carbon-free energy for its customers and to deploy a commercially viable small modular reactor with safety, security and performance characteristics that exceed the operational capabilities of current certified designs.”
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently provided UAMPS a multi-year cost-share award for up to $1.355 billion in funding, subject to future year appropriations, to aid in the development of the first small modular nuclear reactor project in the U.S. The DOE funding is intended to mitigate licensing and financial risk and to accelerate commercial deployment schedules in order to meet critical U.S. energy, environment and economic goals.
Fluor has provided design and construction support for more than 25 nuclear plants, plus nearly 100 million hours of nuclear operations and maintenance work. Fluor also handles decontamination and decommissioning, emergency response and recovery, environmental remediation, laboratory management, national security, nuclear power plant support services, site closure management and waste management.