The United States is throwing its support behind Romania to try to solve the energy crisis.
On Monday, the US announced that they will supply Romania with a training simulator to help them prepare to build a new type of nuclear plant, a modular, low-cost design that would be the first in the world of this type.
Built by NuScale Power, a company from Portland, Oregon, the modular power plant would be built near Romania’s capital, Bucharest, at about 55 miles northwest in Doicesti.
NYT reports that, with conventional nuclear plants priced at $10 billion or more, the NuScale Power could be a more affordable option, costing around $1.6 billion.
Instead of building one large reactor, NuScale creates smaller reactors, then assembles groups of them to meet power demands.
The plant to be built near Bucharest would be composed of six such modules, and could generate 462 megawatts of electricity, the same as a medium-size conventional power plant.