We’re in the first year of a multi-year planning phase for the development of small modular reactors (SMRs) in Saskatchewan.
If we want nuclear power from SMRs to be an option in the early- to mid-2030s, we need to start planning now. To help, we’ve applied for federal funding to cover some of the costs of the planning phase.
Why We’re Doing It
We’re on track to exceed our goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030. Now, we’re looking toward 2050 and how we can make even deeper cuts to GHG emissions. That means evaluating the full range of power sources including nuclear power from SMRs. Our feasibility work shows that SMRs are a potential source of economic, non-emitting, baseload power.
Our Progress So Far
Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2019. The purpose of the MOU is to develop SMRs for potential deployment in Canada.
- Done feasibility work
- Contributed to Canada’s SMR Road Map and Action Plan
- Issued an RFP for Engineering and Consulting Services
Now, the planning phase work is underway. This work will inform and enable a future decision whether to construct an SMR in Saskatchewan.
We expect this work to take 7 years. It will include:
- Assessment of the business case for SMR deployment in Saskatchewan
- Evaluation of the business model best suited to deployment of SMRs in Saskatchewan
- SMR site selection
- SMR technology selection
- Preparation, submission, and approval of a Licence to Prepare a Site from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)
- Preparation and submission of an application for a Licence to Construct an SMR from the CNSC
- Preparation of an application for a Licence to Operate an SMR from the CNSC
- Environmental, social, economic and Indigenous impact assessments as required by federal and provincial regulators
- Extensive and ongoing Indigenous, stakeholder, customer and public engagement
Minimizing the Impact to You
Engagement and consultation with stakeholders is important to us. It’s also required by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission -- the federal nuclear regulator. That’s why it’s part of our planning and decision-making process.
Our plans for Indigenous and public engagement include:
- Sharing information
- Taking feedback on our planning process
Respecting the Local Environment
SMRs provide baseload power while producing no GHG emissions. They also support the integration of renewables into the power grid. And by their very nature, SMRs result in much less waste than large-scale nuclear reactors.
All forms of power generation result in waste of some sort. Nuclear power is the only form of generation that stores and tracks all the waste it generates. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is developing a project to manage nuclear fuel waste for all of Canada. The NWMO has a transparent plan for safe and responsible long-term management. In Canada, that plan is made in consultation with:
SaskPower’s licensing application must include a plan for waste management. The plan will cover the full operational lifecycle of an SMR.
Keeping You Informed
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