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Key contract awarded for Idaho small power reactor

NuScale Power has selected a Shoreview, Minnesota company to manufacture a Reactor Building Crane (RBC) for its first operational power reactor in Idaho.

PaR Systems, LLD will engineer the crane, which is an important element of NuScale’s innovative plant design, according to the company. It will be a key component of the reactor building that houses power modules.

NuScale expects the plant to be operational in the mid 2020’s.

“When making this important decision, NuScale knew it was necessary to find both an experienced nuclear crane supplier and a true industry leader in remote handling of critical equipment,” said Dale Atkinson, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nuclear Officer. “That’s why we’re pleased to begin work with the experts at PaR Systems, who have over 57 years of experience in the field.”

According to NuScale, the work will start in 2018 and continue the first phase of design work through 2019. NuScale intends to contract for the remaining design phases, initial design and design for manufacturing in 2019 and fabrication at a later date.

“As an American company, we’re proud to support NuScale’s historic efforts to introduce the first U.S. SMR power plant,” said Jon Sakry, President for PaR Handling Solutions. “PaR Systems is a sophisticated robotic automation company that knows how to build nuclear cranes. We look forward to combining our decades of experience with NuScale’s nuclear expertise to engineer a crane that matches the rigorous needs of NuScale’s technology.”

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to complete its review of NuScale’s design certification application in September 2020.

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