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GE Hitachi Initiates Vendor Design Review of its BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor with Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

May 22, 2019

WILMINGTON, North Carolina-May 22, 2019-GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) today announced that it has initiated a Vendor Design Review of its BWRX-300 small modular reactor with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). 

The Vendor Design Review is an optional service provided by the CNSC to provide early feedback to the reactor vendor during the design process with the objective of verifying, at a high level, whether a plant design meets Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations. The combined Phase 1 and 2 review by the CNSC will focus on identifying any issues that could become fundamental barriers in a licensing process for a new build project in Canada while assuring that a resolution path exists for any issues that may be identified.

“We are designing the BWRX-300 small modular reactor to be cost competitive with gas and renewables,” said Jon Ball, Executive Vice President of Nuclear Plant Projects for GEH. “This review is an important step in the commercialization of this breakthrough technology.”

The BWRX-300 leverages the design and licensing basis of the U.S. NRC-certified ESBWR. Through dramatic design simplification, GEH projects the BWRX-300 will require up to 60 percent less capital cost per MW when compared to other water-cooled SMRs or existing large nuclear reactor designs. By leveraging the ESBWR design, utilizing proven components and through simplification innovations, GEH believes that the BWRX-300 can become cost-competitive with power generation from combined cycle gas and renewables.

As the tenth evolution of the Boiling Water Reactor (BWR), the BWRX-300 represents the simplest, yet most innovative BWR design since GE began developing nuclear reactors in 1955.

About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Based in Wilmington, N.C., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety. Follow GEH on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Jon Allen
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
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+1 910 819 2581

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