• Agreement focused on fuel supply.
The Natrium nuclear plant moved a step closer to production when Uranium Energy and TerraPower announced a working memorandum of understanding for a fuel supply.
The Natrium demonstration project in Kemmerer will be a commercial plant with final permitting expected in the coming seven to ten years.
The Kemmerer facility will be a 345 Megawatt (MW) reactor that is sodium cooled. 500 MW will be available for peak demands.
The decision caught the attention of Wyoming’s D.C. delegation.
“I was thrilled by this week’s announcement of a memorandum of understanding between TerraPower and Uranium Energy Corp,” said U.S. Rep. Harriet Hageman in her weekly reports to Wyoming. “Not only will Wyoming now be leading the nation in innovative, efficient nuclear power with TerraPower’s first Natrium reactor, but Wyoming’s massive uranium deposits will likely be used to power this groundbreaking reactor and others to come.”
She continued, “Wyoming continues to be a national leader in energy production and is proving yet again that we possess every resource necessary for prosperity within our country.
“There is no reason that the United States should be beholden to adversaries like Russia, China, and Iran for our energy needs when we can produce cleaner, better, and cheaper energy right here in Wyoming!”
U.S. Sen. John Barrasso added on social media, “America’s nuclear fuel supply cannot remain subject to the will of Vladimir Putin. I’m encouraged by the announcement that Terrapower and Uranium Energy Corporation are working to supply Wyoming’s future Natrium reactor with domestic fuel.”