Power engineering firm Sargent & Lundy said it will work with NuScale Power to further develop a small modular nuclear reactor for commercial deployment. The firm also will make an undisclosed financial investment in the technology.

Under terms of the memorandum of understanding, Sargent & Lundy will become a NuScale investor, proceed with development of the standard plant design based on the U.S. Design Certification Application, and will provide additional architect engineer support.

Sargent & Lundy will help support the NuScale SMRSargent & Lundy will help support the NuScale SMRFluor Corp. will continue to be the EPC for plant construction and will work with NuScale and Sargent & Lundy on aspects of the NuScale standard plant design.

In late April, Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction (DHIC) said it will help NuScale Power develop and deploy a small, modular nuclear reactor. The agreement includes potential Korean financial investors who plan to make a cash equity investment in NuScale.

DHIC is expected to build a portion of the most critical and complex sub-assemblies for a proposed small modular reactor for Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems. The companies aim to close the supplier agreement in July 2019.

NuScale’s technology is undergoing design certification review by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The NRC is scheduled to complete its review in September 2020.

The reactor design includes a factory-built power module capable of generating 60 megawatts of electricity using a smaller and scalable version of pressurized water reactor technology. A NuScale power plant can house up to 12 individual power modules.