BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT) today announced an engineering contract awarded by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) for its BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) reactor pressure vessel (RPV).
The RPV, which contains the reactor core and associated internals, comprises the largest component within the BWRX-300.
Work associated with the contract includes engineering analysis, design support, manufacturing and procurement preparations.
This announcement supports recent demonstrations of interest in SMR development by utilities and project developers across North America and Europe and is subsequent to a GEH press release made on October 19, 2021, where GEH announced it had entered into a teaming agreement with BWXT Canada to cooperate on engineering and procurement to support the design, manufacturing and commercialization of the BWRX-300 SMR.
“Intricate design projects like the RPV for GEH’s BWRX-300 are well-suited for BWXT’s engineering capabilities, as BWXT excels in supplying design solutions for complex nuclear components that BWXT can efficiently manufacture,” said John MacQuarrie, president of BWXT Commercial Operations. “We are grateful to GEH for their confidence in our experience and are thrilled to be one of the first to execute an SMR design contract for a North American deployment.”