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X-energy Books DOD Contract Option to Design Complementary Microreactor

X-energy Books DOD Contract Option to Design Complementary Microreactor - top government contractors - best government contracting event

The Department of Defense has exercised a one-year contract option for reactor design engineering company X-energy as the U.S. military is eyeing potential energy applications of nuclear power to bases and operations.

DOD said Wednesday the Rockville, Maryland-based company will further develop its transportable microreactor technology under Project Pele with the goal of securing a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license.

The award comes as DOD’s Strategic Capabilities Office seeks to complement a design from BWX Technologies currently in the prototype fabrication phase.

With the exercised option, SCO expects to help advance X-Energy’s work to regulatory preapplication efforts.

The two companies won initial other transaction agreements in March 2020 and options to finalize reactor designs the following year.

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is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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