SaskPower selects GE-Hitachi unit for potential Small Nuclear Reactor project
July 08, 2022

SaskPower selects GE-Hitachi unit for potential Small Nuclear Reactor project

BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor technology chosen after four-year evaluation process. The GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor (SMR) has been selected by SaskPower for potential deployment in the mid-2030s.

Jay Wileman, President GEH: "The BWRX-300 is the ideal SMR technology solution for SaskPower and customers that want to make an impact on climate change and energy security in a meaningful timeframe"

In December 2021, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) was chosen by GEH as technology partner for the Darlington New Nuclear Project. GEH is working with OPG to deploy a BWRX-300 at the Darlington site that could be complete as early as 2028.

"Canada has a robust nuclear energy supply chain that we look forward to continuing to build to support the global deployment of the BWRX-300," said Lisa McBride, Country Leader, GEH SMR Technologies Canada, Ltd.

Advanced nuclear technologies like the BWRX-300 are a key pillar of GE's energy transition leadership

The BWRX-300 produces no carbon during operation and has been designed to achieve construction and operating costs that are substantially lower than traditional nuclear power generation technologies. This unique combination positions GEH to deliver an innovative, carbon-free baseload power generation source this decade.

There is significant and growing global interest in the BWRX-300 reactors

In addition to Canada, GEH has memoranda of understanding or other agreements in place with companies in the U.S., Poland, Sweden, Estonia and the Czech Republic, among others, to explore deployment of the technology.

In Canada there are today 19 nuclear power reactors that produced in 2021 14,3% of the electricity in the country. The country is planning the deployment of several new Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to be included in its energy mix.

About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry.


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