SHI receives AIP for CMSR Power Barge design

SHI receives AIP for CMSR Power Barge design

Samsung Heavy Industries received an Approval in Principle (AIP) from the ABS for the CMSR Power Barge conceptual design.

Shipbuilding company Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) announced on Jan. 4 that the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) awarded an Approval in Principle for the former’s CMSR Power Barge’s conceptual design, a floating offshore nuclear power plant.

Samsung Heavy Industries said that the CMSR Power Barge is a new concept power generation facility that supplies electricity and thermal energy generated by a compact molten salt reactor (CMSR) technology.

Depending on demand for power production, SHI's CMSR Power Barge can be equipped with two to eight 100MW CMSRs.

According to the company, it is a “nuclear power plant on the sea with steam turbine generators and transmission/distribution facilities in the floating body.”

Moreover, it expounded that the barge is a “fusion of nuclear power and shipbuilding technology.” The CMSR also has “less constraints for site selection and facility condition.” Furthermore, it costs less and only takes around two years until completion.

In addition to serving as an alternative to fossil fuel power generation facilities, SHI anticipates the CMSR Power Barge will also be used as an electricity and thermal energy source for industrial heating systems, hydrogen production, and seawater desalination facilities in the future.

SHI Marine Design Head Yeo Dong-il said that the company will “continuously develop technologies for floating nuclear power plants, which will lead a new market.”

SHI inked a business agreement with CMSR developer Seaborg in January 2021 for the development of floating nuclear power plant products. The former plans to commercialize it by 2028 following the completion of the detailed design of all the power generation facilities.

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