Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said Westinghouse’s application has unequivocal support from the state of Missouri, all of the electric-utility providers, labor organizations, and our powerhouse research universities.

"Adding a world-class engineering firm like Burns & McDonnell to the team only makes our application stronger," he added.

Westinghouse Electric Company SMR product manager Michael Anness said, "We feel that this collaboration is an excellent fit for the team and will tremendously enhance our capabilities to provide licensing, construction and operational certainty that no other U.S. SMR supplier applying for DOE investment funds can match."

Burns & McDonnell will provide architectural and engineering support for the Westinghouse SMR while Electric Boat will provide modular design support.

The Westinghouse SMR, a 225 MWe integral pressurized water reactor, will be built based on the nuclear industry’s AP1000 reactor, which Westinghouse expects will achieve safety and reduce number of components required.

DOE’s small modular reactor funding opportunity will award funds to SMR projects that have the potential to be licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and achieve commercial operation by 2022.