The United States and Estonia have agreed to cooperate under the U.S. Department of State’s Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) program. FIRST is a capacity-building program designed to deepen strategic ties, support energy innovation, and advance technical collaboration with partner nations on secure and safe nuclear energy infrastructure.
U.S. Embassy Tallinn Chargé d’AffairesBrian Roraff praised Estonia for its initiative in joining FIRST. “We welcome Estonia’s ambitious efforts to transition from carbon-intensive sources for power generation and to ensure the country’s energy independence,” Roraff said. “The FIRST program brings extensive expertise from the U.S. government, academia, national laboratories, and industry to Estonian officials as they explore the feasibility of nuclear technology in a manner consistent with the highest international standards of nuclear security, safety, and nonproliferation. This is a big decision, and we support Estonia’s careful consideration of all viable energy alternatives.”U.S. Embassy Estonia