(Corvallis, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber visited NuScale Power in Corvallis on Friday to learn about an innovative approach to nuclear power and how the company plans to bring more than 100 jobs to Oregon. NuScale Power was recently awarded a $217 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop small modular reactor technology. The company intends to use the money to fund a rapid expansion in the Corvallis area.
"I was here about three years ago and it’s been fascinating to see the sort of evolution of this," Governor Kitzhaber said about a past visit to NuScale Power. "It’s very impressive on two levels. One it’s had a huge economic impact on the community, and secondly, this technology has matured at exactly the right time to potentially be a very significant factor in a low-carbon strategy."
During the tour, Governor Kitzhaber visited NuScale Power's control room simulator to learn how safety is incorporated into the company's technology. Instructors gave a demonstration of how a NuScale reactor would be able to withstand a situation similar to the one that struck the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011.
The U.S. Department of Energy has designated NuScale Power as an awardee under the program for "Cost-Shared Development of Innovative Small Modular Reactor Designs."