The pre-licensing VDR is an optional service to assess a nuclear power plant design based on a vendor's reactor technology.
Canadian nuclear utility Bruce Power is supporting NuScale's evaluation, planning and licensing activities under a November 2019 agreement to develop a business case to introduce NuScale SMR technology to Canada. Ontario Power Generation is also advising the company on the potential deployment of its technology in Canada and on the SMR licensing and the VDR process.
The NuScale SMR is a light-water reactor plant intended to supply energy for electrical generation, district heating, desalination, and process heat applications. It features a fully factory-fabricated NuScale power module capable of generating 60 MW of electricity using a safer, smaller, and scalable version of pressurised water reactor technology.
A single NuScale power station could house up to 12 individual power modules.
In January 2017, NuScale became the first company to submit an SMR design for certification in the US. NuScale expects the regulatory review to be completed in September 2020.
NuScale has also signed agreements to explore the deployment of its SMR technology in Canada, Jordan, Romania, the Czech Republic and South Korea.