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Medlock joins X-energy in next phase of Xe-100 reactor design

Clint Medlock

When industry experts collaborate under a common vision and values, the future of nuclear seems closer than ever before.

Clint Medlock, a Southern Nuclear employee of 12 years, will be supporting X-energy as a program management consultant as the company enters the conceptual design phase for its Xe-100 temperature gas-cooled pebble bed modular reactor. On March 8, X-energy held a Conceptual Design Readiness Review panel to confirm the design’s readiness to proceed. This validation of the Xe-100 design moves the program closer to its goal of deploying within the next 10 years.

“It is inspiring to be a part of such a talented team of individuals working toward that goal, and a blessing to work with leaders in these companies supporting those initiatives,” said Medlock.

With more than 27 years of experience in the nuclear industry, Medlock has had the opportunity to support 44 operating U.S. nuclear energy units – most recently at Vogtle 3&4. Now, along with other industry experts, he will lend his expertise to the next step in the development of this advanced reactor design.

Last year, SNC entered into memorandum of understanding with X-energy as a step toward commercializing and deploying the Xe-100, an adaptable modular reactor that increases safety and versatility, reduces capital costs and mitigates the risks associated with large-scale nuclear construction.

“I’m excited to have Clint as part of our X-energy leadership team,” said Dr. Kam Ghaffarian, founder and CEO of X-energy. “His nuclear experience, input and guidance has and will continue to be invaluable.”

Medlock’s engagement and leadership in the Xe-100 program will deepen the relationship between SNC and X-energy, driving the SNC toward its strategic objective of success in new nuclear.

“Southern Nuclear and X-energy are well-aligned to allow advanced nuclear capabilities to be a viable part of energy solutions,” said Brian Whitley, SNC nuclear regulatory affairs director. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate in ways that will support a robust future for nuclear energy and innovation.”