Samsung and NuScale pledge to build a small reactor in Romania

NuScale’s rendering of a future VOYGR SMR plant
Korean contractor Samsung C&T has teamed up with US company NuScale to develop a small modular reactor (SMR) in Romania, business website Pulse reports.

The two will work with Texas engineer Fluor, NuScale’s owner, and three Romanian companies active in the energy sectors: Nuclearelectrica, Bucharest-based E-Infra, and Nova Power & Gas.

The participants signed a memorandum of understanding, aiming for the SMR to enter service in 2029.

NuScale, Nuclearelectrica and Nova Power & Gas were already working on an engineering design study aimed at building a VOYGR-6 SMR plant at a former coal plant in Doicesti, about 50km northwest of Bucharest.

Samsung C&T previously invested $70m in NuScale in a drive to expand its SMR business.

At the signing ceremony, the companies also pledged to expand NuScale’s SMR business in Europe, with Romania as a focus.

During the recent G7 summit in Hiroshima, the US announced that it would offer funding of up to $275m for the development of the VOYGR plant in Romania, together with partners from Japan, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

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