Shaw to work on Holtec's SMR

24 May 2011

Holtec International has contracted Shaw Group for 'phase-1' engineering for its small modular reactor project. Shaw will draw up the conceptual design for the balance of plant and support systems required for the reactor, dubbed the Holtec Inherently Safe Modular Underground Reactor (HI-SMUR). Shaw noted its module-assembly experience and capability could come in useful for future small reactor projects and that it already worked with Holtec on casks for storage of used nuclear fuel. Holtec said that HI-SMUR would be "passive in every aspect of its operation," using gravity-induced coolant flow while producing 140 MWe.