Fluor team to design nuclear plants for NuScale’s small modular reactors

American engineer Fluor has partnered with energy firm Sargent & Lundy to design and build future American nuclear power stations for NuScale, the small modular reactor company that it part owns.

Fluor will design the turbine island and balance-of-plant facilities and Sargent & Lundy will cover the nuclear island.

Thomas White, Sargent & Lundy’s president, said: "The opportunity to team with NuScale and Fluor for the design and construction of SMR plants further extends Sargent & Lundy’s history of being at the forefront of nuclear new generation design."

Alan Boeckmann, Fluor’s executive chairman, said: "This collaboration … further solidifies the opportunity to bring new carbon-free energy to the US and North America."

NuScale was formed in 2007 to commercialise the American SMR market, and is currently the only manufacturer to gain design certification approval from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

In September 2020, the NRC issued a final safety evaluation report for NuScale’s SMR design after three years of investigation.

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