Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, a global leader in the deployment of micro reactors, will establish its Pilot Fuel Manufacturing facility at East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The $17 million project is expected to create 31 jobs during the next five years.
The facility will be in close proximity to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 National Security Complex, allowing USNC to leverage the region’s highly skilled workforce, which is trained to work on nuclear fuel solutions.
“Tennessee and the East Tennessee Technology Park provide a unique environment for an advanced nuclear innovator like USNC. Our proximity to key players in the nuclear energy complex, as well as the exceptionally skilled workforce in the area, are important contributing factors in the success of our Pilot Fuel Manufacturing facility. The support and thorough engagement we received from TNECD and its partners made the siting of our facility in this region an obvious choice,” Executive Vice President of the Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation Core Division Kurt Terrani noted.
The Pilot Fuel Manufacturing facility will specialize in manufacturing the company’s Fully Ceramic Microencapsulated nuclear fuel and refractory ceramic (silicon carbide) materials. The inherently safe FCM fuel is designed for use in USNC’s Micro Modular Reactor and other advanced reactors.
“Tennessee’s diverse landscape and business friendly climate attract an array of companies to the state. We are fortunate to have valuable assets like ORNL in East Tennessee that can provide resources in science and technology to companies like Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation. We appreciate the company’s investment in Roane County and look forward to seeing its future success,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe added.
Privately funded, American-owned and controlled, USNC is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and is a global leader in the deployment of micro reactors and a strong vertical integrator of nuclear power technologies. The company employs more than 150 people across its operations in Canada, France, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the U.S.