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B&W reactor test facility in Va. operational

Wednesday - 7/18/2012, 2:51pm  ET

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Babcock & Wilcox Co. says a test facility for its new class of mini nuclear reactors is fully operational.

The Integrated System Test facility in Bedford County will test the mPower modular reactor's design and performance. Energy generated by a nuclear core will be simulated by heating the reactor electrically.

The mPower reactors will generate 125 megawatts.

Construction of the test facility began in March 2010. It was commissioned in February and underwent a startup test and power ascension program.

The facility also will test the thermal hydraulic performance of the company's once through steam generator.

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