SMR campus planned for Sweden

As nuclear risks continue to rise up the emerging risk agenda, Anglo-Dutch practice Instance Architects is drawing up plans for Europe’s first Small Modular Reactor (SMR) campus.

The nuclear power plant is planned for the small town of Nyköping, on Sweden’s east coast, on behalf of energy development company Kärnfull Next.

SMRs are advanced nuclear reactors with a power capacity of up to 300 MW(e) per unit, about a third of the generating power of a normal nuclear power reactor.

They are physically a fraction of the size, but can produce a large amount of low-carbon energy, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Instance Architects, which has offices in Amsterdam and London, is an experienced designer of Gigawatt and SMR nuclear facilities.

It says the Nyköping facility, which is scheduled for completion in 2030, “has the potential to become a significant climate-focused employer” for the town and neighbouring areas.

The architect said it hoped that key decisions on financing, permission and power purchase agreements (PPAs) for Nyköping would be made by Kärnfull Next and nuclear analysis software provider Studsvik AB in the second half of 2024, provided the technical studies continue to show promise and the project gains local acceptance. 

Instance is also working with power company GE Hitachi on a series of SMR plants for North America, Europe and Asia, to be deployed as soon as 2028.

Kärnfull Next founder and CEO Christian Sjölander said the new SMR park would “create future-proof jobs and opportunities for co-location with other high-tech industries”.