An agreement between SaskPower and GE Hitachi for the advancement of the development of small modular technology in Saskatchewan was signed Tuesday morning. The agreement is designed to help facilitate the collaboration between the two companies on project planning, as well as the sharing of expertise when it comes to the design, sourcing of fuel, and fabrication of a BWRX-300 small modular reactor.
In June of 2022, SaskPower selected the BWRX-300 reactor as the technology it would use for SMR development. This particular reactor is a boiling water reactor that can produce upwards of 300 megawatts. It is based on large-scale reactors that have been used around the world for decades.
“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 written release. “Leveraging experience and expertise from our colleagues in the nuclear industry is an important part of our planning work.”
“This agreement is another important step in our efforts to support Saskatchewan’s workers, businesses and clean energy goals,” said Lisa McBride, GEH Canada Country Leader. “The BWRX-300 reimagines what is possible when it comes to generating reliable, carbon-free energy.”
SaskPower is currently working on planning and licensing ahead of a decision about whether or not to proceed with nuclear power in Saskatchewan. That decision is expected to be made in 2029.