SMRs have gained a lot of attention for their myriad advantages, most notably their modularity. The field of SMRs is just emerging and models are still under development, leaving the field wide open for competition. And a new, unexpected candidate may be stepping up to take the lead in the SMR vanguard: Romania.
Paul Stein, Chairperson of Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactors announced recently that a Rolls-Royce design for a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) will likely receive UK regulatory approval by mid-2024 and be able to produce grid power by 2029.
KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. has signed a definitive commercial agreement with NuScale Power, an American firm specialising in SMRs. Under the agreement, NuScale Power will deploy a VOYGR power plant of up to 924 MWe as early as 2029 to support KGHM’s copper and silver production in Poland.