Small Modular Reactors

Moltex Energy / SMR Clears Phase 1 Of Canada Regulatory Review

By David Dalton
27 May 2021

SMR Clears Phase 1 Of Canada Regulatory Review
A computer rendering of a Moltex SMR nuclear power plant. Courtesy Moltex.
Canada-based reactor developer Moltex Energy has completed Phase 1 of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s pre-licensing vendor design review for its 300-MW stable salt reactor-waste burner (SSR-W).

The CNSC concluded that Moltex has a clear understanding of the Canadian regulatory requirements and expectations.

“Completing Phase 1 of the vendor design review is a major achievement,” said Rory O’Sullivan, Moltex chief executive officer for North America, Moltex Energy. “This demonstrates that our technology is progressing in the right direction, and gives current and future customers confidence in our design of advanced nuclear reactors.”

The vendor design review is an optional service provided by the CNSC. The objective of a review is to verify the acceptability of a nuclear reactor design with respect to Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations, as well as Canadian codes and standards. The review does not certify or licence the design.

A Phase 1 vendor design review provides early and general feedback to the vendor about its reactor design and processes on matters related to CNSC regulatory requirements and expectations.

Moltex’s SSR-W is a molten salt reactor that uses nuclear waste as fuel. Moltex says the SSR-W can significantly reduce the volume and radioactivity of nuclear waste.

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