Dow Inc.'s production site in Seadrift, Texas, will be the location of a proposed advanced small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear project.
The reactor will be built by X-Energy Reactor Co. L.L.C., a developer of advanced nuclear reactors and fuel technology for clean energy generation based in Rockville, Md. Materials made in Seadrift by Midland, Mich.-based Dow include polyethylene resins and ethylene feedstocks. Braskem S.A. also operates a major polypropylene resin unit at the site.
In a news release, officials with Dow and X-Energy said that the Seadrift location was selected to deliver safe, reliable, zero carbon emissions power and steam production. They added that the site's power and steam needs match capabilities of X-Energy's Xe-100 small modular reactor.
The two firms will prepare and submit construction permit applications to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The project is expected to be complete by the end of the decade.
Dow and X-Energy previously announced a joint development agreement (JDA) to install an advanced SMR nuclear plant at an industrial site in North America. The U.S. Department of Energy named Dow a sub-awardee under X-energy's Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program Cooperative Agreement.