JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Company and Ameren Missouri have entered into an agreement to respond collaboratively to the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for developing and licensing the Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor (SMR).
Under the terms of the agreement, Ameren Missouri will become part of and co-chair a Westinghouse-led Utility Participation Group (UPG) made up of Missouri utilities, non-Missouri utilities and industrial firms interested in seeking the DOE funds to develop and license the Westinghouse SMR technology, which includes a phased economic development approach associated with the SMR program for the State of Missouri.
Upon securing DOE support, Westinghouse and Ameren Missouri will then work collectively to seek Design Certification of the Westinghouse SMR and a combined construction and operating license with the U.S. NRC for the Westinghouse SMR at Ameren Missouri's Callaway site.
Westinghouse Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President Dr. Kate Jackson said of the agreement:
"We are excited and eager to begin this historic alliance with Missouri and Ameren to advance nuclear technology and bring economic development benefits to Missouri. The endorsement of the governor and the backing and support of so many state legislators, local officials and workforce-infrastructure leaders make our strategy for application unmatched in political and geographic strength.
"As Westinghouse surveyed the possibilities for partners, we were especially impressed with the unity of the Missouri Electricity Alliance. The diversity of public and private providers represented by the alliance is a powerful statement to the Department of Energy that there is a U.S. market for SMRs.
"The award of investment funds could help ensure that Westinghouse be the first mover in the SMR market, secure the global export home-base for Missouri and create the potential for emissions-free baseload energy for Ameren Missouri, the Missouri Electricity Alliance and their customers.
"The DOE invested in the rapid development of large reactors 10 years ago; that faith in Westinghouse ingenuity resulted in the AP1000® – the first and only passive plant to be licensed, and the first new nuclear plant construction to be started in the U.S. in 30 years. The alliance with all of our Missouri partners represents an unprecedentedly powerful case for SMR investment funding. We intend to compete for funds and win ...