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French SMR Project / CEA Announces Plans To Develop New Reactor

By David Dalton
17 September 2019

CEA Announces Plans To Develop New Reactor
CEA chairman François Jacq said the aim is to develop the low-carbon energy systems of the future. Photo courtesy CEA.
France’s nuclear agency has announced a project to develop a small modular reactor that could be on the market by the end of the next decade.

The Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) said the “Nuward” SMR project is a joint venture with state-controlled utility EDF, the Paris-based Naval group and reactor design and maintenance company TechnicAtome, which is based at the CEA nuclear site in Cadarache, southern France.

The Nuward partners are open to international cooperation, notably with regards to regulatory harmonisation, design standardization and design optimisation.

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