SaskPower announced on Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with GE Hitachi to advance small modular reactor (SMR) development in the province.
The agreement will allow SaskPower and GE Hitachi to work together in the nuclear power project's planning and share expertise in the design, fuel source and fabrication of the small modular reactor.
“Gaining detailed technical specifications, requirements and designs to the BWRX-300 is necessary for our planning work and license applications,” said Rupen Pandya, SaskPower President and CEO, in a press release. “Leveraging experience and expertise from our colleagues in the nuclear industry is an important part of our planning work.”
SaskPower selected the GE Hitachi BWRX-300 in June of 2022 as the technology that would be used for its SMR project. It is the same technology that will be used by Ontario Power Generation for its new Darlington New Nuclear Project.
The GE Hitachi BWRX-300 is a boiling water reactor that can produce 300 MW of power from a single unit.
SaskPower is considering locates in the Estevan and Elbow areas as possible locations for the small modular reactor.