Ontario Construction News staff writer
The federal government has approved up to $74 million in federal funding for small modular reactor (SMR) development in Saskatchewan.
“Delivering clean, reliable and affordable electricity will look different in every region of Canada,” Jonathan Wilkinson, energy minister, said in Saskatoon. “We are investing in the future of nuclear technology, building on Canada’s decades-long legacy as a responsible global leader in nuclear power, and leveraging Saskatchewan’s world-leading production of uranium to position the province to thrive.”
SMRs, a non-emitting form of energy, can play an important role in decarbonizing provincial electricity grids and heavy-emitting industries and can help remote communities reduce their reliance on costly and high-polluting diesel power. As an example, a 300-megawatt SMR can supply enough non-emitting power for an estimated 300,000 homes.
“The approved funding of $74 million serves as a strong indication from the government that Canada is at the forefront of global innovation and implementation of small modular reactors (SMRs),” said John Gorman, president and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association. “Saskatchewan’s SMR program will provide reliable, low-carbon baseload energy to meet increasing electricity needs, supply clean power to its resource extraction industry and fuel the province’s economic growth.
“This is exciting news for the residents of Saskatchewan, including its Indigenous communities, who have supported the province’s SMR development,”
The Government of Canada has committed over $40 billion in new federal measures to help provinces and has announced over $500 million to date in support of a variety of projects that are helping to build a clean, affordable and reliable grid in Saskatchewan specifically.
“GE Hitachi is excited to work with Saskatchewan to be a global leader in the deployment of small modular reactors. Our technology is designed to provide reliable, cost-effective and emissions-free baseload electricity generation for the people of Saskatchewan for decades to come,” said Lisa McBride, Country Leader, GEH SMR Canada.