US-based NuScale Power said on 2 November that it is will team up with Nuclearelectrica, the Romanian nuclear energy producer, to advance clean nuclear technology in Romania. "Following the partnership, Romania has the potential to accommodate the first deployment of SMRs in Europe,”
NuScale said the partnership comes at a "pivotal time" as senior government policymakers from around the world discuss the urgency of accelerating the clean energy transition. NuScale’s SMRs can support international climate goals to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change while strengthening global prosperity.
In 2019, NuScale and Nuclearelectrica signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to evaluate the development, licensing and construction of a NuScale SMR in Romania. In August 2020, NuScale became the first SMR to receive design approval from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as a step towards the construction and deployment of this SMR technology.