Babcock & Wilcox completes prototype for small reactor

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The Babcock & Wilcox Co. announced Tuesday that its production-standard control room prototype for its small modular reactor is operational.

The prototype, which is located in Lynchburg, is built with the same specifications as that which will control the two reactors in an actual B&W mPower SMR control room.

The engineering simulator is a milestone in the development of the B&W mPower development program.

The control room will allow the B&W mPower design team to incorporate lessons learned from real world operating experience and discover any design issues early in the development cycle. As B&W mPower becomes closer to launching, the control room will be used to train future reactor operators.

“Completing the control room prototype at this stage of B&W mPower development program allows us to begin an intensive testing and development of the training program well in advance of deployment,” Christofer Mowry, president of Babcock & Wilcox mPower said in a statement. “Having the ability to train operators two to three years ahead of commercial operation will keep us on the critical path toward timely development and operation at our Clinch River project by 2021.”

The facility will be used by about two dozen engineers, creating new jobs starting next year.

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