A concise description of NuStart
NuStart Energy Development, LLC, is a limited liability company formed in 2004
with ten member companies. These members, plus two reactor vendors form the
NuStart Consortium. The consortium objectives are: 1) to demonstrate the US
Nuclear Regulatory Commission?s (NRC) never-before-used licensing process
for obtaining a combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for an
advanced nuclear power plant; and 2) complete the design engineering for
the two selected reactor technologies.
With respect to the first objective, NuStart's mission is simply to test the
process, to see how efficiently and effectively the NRC and industry can work
together towards a positive result ? the granting of a COL. Construction
decisions at this time are premature. As such, none of the companies involved
is obligated to build a new nuclear plant, although individual companies or
groups of companies could decide to use the COL.
Obtaining a COL is a critical step in a potential renaissance of the nuclear
power industry in the US. By achieving this, NuStart will demonstrate that the
COL license can be obtained on schedule and within budget, and that advanced
plant designs can be approved. Further, it will provide a realistic time and
cost estimate for building and operating a new nuclear plant in today's
With respect to the second objective, NuStart will work with the reactor vendors
to complete the one-time engineering work necessary for the
standardized plant designs. This will position these technologies for
deployment when needed, thereby significantly reducing the time to market for a
new nuclear plant.
NuStart has begun a process that is projected at this time to take until 2011.
Here is a tentative timeline:
||NuStart Energy consortium is organized and formed to respond to a Department of
Energy (DOE) issued solicitation to demonstrate the NRC?s COL process and
complete the engineering for the two selected technologies.
||Selection process for COL sites. Candidate sites were evaluated against
established screening and evaluation criteria. Process completed mid 2005.
Design Certification activities for two selected technologies continue.
Engineering work needed to support the preparation of two COL applications
begins, as well as work on the two selected nuclear power plants designs. Work
begins with the NRC in designing engineering requirements for licensing new
nuclear power plants.
||Completion of COL engineering work, followed by completion and submission of
COL application(s). Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) begins review of
||Projected date for issuance of the COL. Although there are currently no
commitments to build a new nuclear plant at this time, construction would be
permitted following NRC issuance of a COL.
||Earliest projected date for commencement of operations at the first new nuclear
plant licensed in the U.S. in over 20 years.
An overview of NuStart Energy, its mission, and its activities.