IMSR starts second stage of pre-licensing VDR

06 November 2018

Terrestrial Energy has achieved another major milestone in the commercialization of its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR®) power plant with the announcement that the IMSR® has entered Phase 2 pre-licensing Vendor Design Review (VDR) with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).

Terrestrial Energy completed Phase 1 of VDR in November 2017, successfully meeting CNSC’s requirements for the IMSR® design. On completing Phase 1, Terrestrial Energy become the first to secure a formal regulatory opinion for a commercial Generation IV power plant design from a western nuclear regulator; it is the first to enter Phase 2 of that process.

Phase 2 VDR involves a detailed follow-up on Phase 1 VDR activities, and an assessment of the IMSR® power plant design’s ability to meet all 19 focus areas of a power plant’s future license application. This is a critical commercial step that precedes site selection and construction of the first plant. Phase 2 VDR is expected to take two years to complete.

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