NuScale Status in the Regulatory Process

On December 31st, 2016, NuScale submitted the first ever Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Design Certification Application (DCA) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). NuScale’s application consisted of 12,000 pages of technical information. The NRC is expected to take two months to determine if any additional information is required prior to commencing their review. Thereafter, the NRC has targeted completing the certification process within 40 months.

NuScale was a pioneer in pre-application NRC engagement, having begun the process in July 2008. NuScale made over 80 presentations and submitted 15 topical reports to the NRC—engaging the NRC on topics such as safety analysis, nuclear fuel, test programs, seismic analysis, and control room staffing.

While the DCA review process is underway, NuScale expects one or more applicants to file a combined construction and operation license application (COLA) in 2019, allowing the DCA and COLA review processes to proceed on parallel paths. The design ultimately certified by the NRC will be incorporated in each of the COL’s. This supports the likely commercial dates of interest in the marketplace.

Regulatory procedures and timeline:

Licensing – NRC must issue an approved DCA and COL prior to construction. With the DCA submitted in December 2016, a submission of a COL Application by NuScale’s first customer(s) is expected in 2019.
Initial Operations - NuScale forecasts the first NPM will go into operation in 2026.
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NuScale was the first SMR vendor to engage with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and, in December 2016, became the first ever to submit its Design Certification Application.
NuScale's Integral System Test Facility
NuScale's Integral System Test Facility
Cross-sectional view of NuScale Power Module
Cross-sectional view of NuScale Power Module