Two teams of electrical engineers are meeting this week in New England to develop new reactors at a New York City plant owned by Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear energy company.
The meeting comes as U.S. President Donald Trump has signaled a shift toward nuclear power, saying that if elected he would pursue a new energy policy that would be focused on the U.N. Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (UNC-17).
The United States is expected to formally submit a final U.R.N.-17 treaty on July 1, but Rosatom has said it will wait until the U-N is completed before making a final decision.
The Rosatom project at the New York site is the second of its kind to be built by the state, which owns about one-fifth of the U:P’s operating reactors.
Rosatom will also build the reactor, which will have up to four reactors and a combined capacity of about 20 gigawatts.
It is designed to produce power for the power grid and will be connected to other U:N.-regulated nuclear power plants through a series of interconnected substations.
The project has been plagued by delays due to construction problems and a lack of federal financing.
The U.K.-based consortium building the plant said it expected to finalize a design in early 2019.
The New York project is Rosatom’s second project in New Hampshire.
A proposal to build two reactors at the same site in the state was scrapped last year after a public outcry.
The consortium said the New England project will be the first U.P. reactor to be operational at a nuclear power plant in New Jersey, the only one in New Britain.