Prime Minister De Croo received Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and ambassadors from the US and Italy at his official residence this morning. An agreement was signed there to accelerate the development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) with an international consortium. “We don’t just talk about sustainable change, we also take action,” says De Croo.
The De Croo government has previously shown ambition to focus on this new type of nuclear reactors, which should be smaller, more flexible, cheaper and safer. The capacity of 10 to 300 megawatts is comparable to a few wind turbines. The maximum capacity corresponds to one third of the youngest nuclear reactors that our country currently has.
After the failed nuclear phase-out, Vivaldi has already decided to release 100 million euros for its development. The other three international partners would also probably invest 75 million.
For our country, the SCK CEN nuclear study center in Mol is part of the new consortium. This will collaborate with the Romanian state-owned nuclear technology company Raten and the American Westinghouse, the company that has also built nuclear power stations in our country. Italian representation comes from both the new technology agency Enea and the nuclear organization Ansaldo Nucleare.
SCK CEN hopes to be able to realize a small demonstration reactor in Mol in about fifteen years.