TerraPower’s application for Natrium plant available online

April 12, 2024, 12:07PMNuclear News
A rendering of the Natrium plant. (Image: Terrapower)

TerraPower’s application to build its Natrium nuclear power plant near Kemmerer, Wyo., is available for public viewing on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission website.

TerraPower filed the application on March 28, requesting a permit to build the sodium-cooled advanced reactor design on a site near an existing coal-fired power plant.

The reactor: The 345-MW electric Natrium plant includes an energy storage system to temporarily boost output up to 500 MWe when needed. If the NRC issues the permit, TerraPower would then need to submit a separate operating license application to obtain permission to run the reactor.

The review: NRC staff is processing the application to determine if it has sufficient information to begin the agency’s safety and environmental reviews. If the application is determined to be complete, the staff will docket it and publish a notice of opportunity to request a hearing before the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board.

Information about the regulation of new reactors is available on the NRC website.


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