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Cutting-edge US small nuclear plant enlists Japan builder JGC

Middle East and ASEAN offer prospects for safer design after American project

A NuScale Power module test facility: The U.S. company is a player in the emerging field of small modular reactors. (Screenshot of video courtesy of NuScale Power)

TOKYO -- One of Japan's top industrial engineering companies will join a U.S.-led project to build a new type of nuclear power plant designed with added precautions against meltdowns, Nikkei has learned.

JGC Holdings will help build a plant in the state of Idaho designed by NuScale Power, an American company whose proposal for a small modular reactor (SMR) involves immersing the containment units in a pool of water.

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