Australia has prior experience in the construction and operation of a 20 MW research reactor at the facilities of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights near Sydney.
Before SMRs can be developed for commercial electricity generation in Australia, the following steps must be satisfactorily completed:
Any reactor design with design certification in its country of origin would still have to be licensed in Australia by the Australian regulator, although the regulator should be able to utilise technical assessments completed in the country of origin.
Extensive support and guidance in establishing a commercial nuclear power program are available from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
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