US programme to build two advanced reactors
The US Department of Energy has launched an advanced reactor development programme with initial funding of $160m and the aim of building two reactors that can be operational within five to seven years.
The DOE said the programme, known as the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP), is designed to help domestic private industry demonstrate advanced nuclear reactors in the US.
For the fiscal year 2020 budget, Congress appropriated $230m to start a new demonstration program for advanced reactors. Through cost-shared partnerships with industry, the new programme will provide $160m for initial funding.