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Framatome announces Fuel Handling and Services Contract with NuScale Power

December 05, 2022 | 1 min |

December 5, 2022 – Framatome announced today two new contract awards with NuScale Power to design fuel handling equipment and fuel storage racks for NuScale’s VOYGRTM small modular reactor (SMR) power plant.

“These awards build on our partnership as NuScale’s fuel assembly supplier and signify an important opportunity with NuScale and its industry-leading VOYGR plant,” said Catherine Cornand, senior executive vice president of the Installed Base business unit at Framatome. “We are deeply rooted in the nuclear industry with proven expertise to assist in developing the next generation of advanced nuclear plants for a transition to clean energy.”

Framatome is partnering with American Crane to design the fuel handling equipment that will transport fuel assemblies within the NuScale plant. The features of the VOYGR fuel handling equipment will build on proven Framatome designs with additional enhancements to fully perform remote fuel handling.

Framatome is also partnering with Orano to adapt high-density spent fuel rack designs to address the unique requirements of the VOYGR plants. Utilizing experience from fuel rack designs across the nuclear industry, Framatome and Orano will bring best-in-class teams to ensure optimized design and subsequent fabrication in support of NuScale’s construction schedules.   

“NuScale is proud to strengthen our relationship with Framatome, a renowned and widely respected international leader in nuclear energy,” said Dale Atkinson, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nuclear Officer. “This agreement showcases how NuScale’s technology is meticulously developed with a premier international nuclear design and fabrication organization.”

These awards build on the support that Framatome provides for NuScale related to engineering services and licensing analyses required for standard design approval by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Through these and similar contracts, the NuScale and Framatome partnership continues to strengthen and will last through construction of VOYGR plants.  VOYGR plants will provide an array of flexible power options to meet diverse energy needs around the world. NuScale’s SMR represents the next wave of nuclear reactors.

This award enables Framatome to continue its expertise in component design for the SMR market and positions its team to be the leading nuclear service provider for the small modular and advanced reactor fleet of 2050.


About Framatome

Framatome is an international leader in nuclear energy recognized for its innovative, digital and value added solutions for the global nuclear fleet. With worldwide expertise and a proven track record for reliability and performance, the company designs, services and installs components, fuel, and instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power plants. Its more than 16,000 employees work every day to help Framatome’s customers supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical low-carbon energy.

Framatome is owned by the EDF Group (75.5%), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI – 19.5%) and Assystem (5%).

About NuScale Power

NuScale Power (NYSE: SMR) is poised to meet the diverse energy needs of customers across the world. It has developed small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear technology to supply energy for electrical generation, district heating, desalination, commercial-scale hydrogen production, and other process heat applications. The groundbreaking NuScale Power Module™ (NPM), a small, safe pressurized water reactor, can generate 77 megawatts of electricity (MWe) and can be scaled to meet customer needs. NuScale’s 12-module VOYGR™-12 power plant is capable of generating 924 MWe, and NuScale also offers four-module VOYGR-4 (308 MWe) and six-module VOYGR-6 (462 MWe) power plants, as well as other configurations based on customer needs.

Founded in 2007, NuScale is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and has offices in Corvallis, Ore.; Rockville, Md.; Richland, Wash.; and London, UK. To learn more, visit NuScale Power's website or follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

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Diane Hughes, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, NuScale Power
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