Romania, Nuclearelectrica and NuScale Power have agreed to deploy the first small modular reactor SMR

, SEE Energy News

Romanian electricity producer Nuclearelectrica, the operator of the country’s sole nuclear power plant Cernavoda, and US company NuScale Power have agreed to deploy the first small modular reactor (SMR) in Romania.

CEOs of Nuclearelectrica and NuScale Power Cosmin Ghita and John Hopkins signed in Glasgow the official documents of the cooperation agreement between the two companies. The signing took place after the White House announced earlier this week that the US company would build a small modular nuclear reactor in Romania, and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis had a meeting with the US President’s special representative for climate John Kerry on this topic.

According to Nuclearelectrica, NuScale Power is the only company that has received the approval of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to design and develop a small modular reactor, an essential step in building and implementing SMR technology.

Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu said that Romania will become a regional leader in the supply of clean energy. Moreover, this agreement will allow Romania to become an investment hub and supplier of NuScale modules to other countries in Central and Eastern Europe.