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If approved, a first reactor could be operational by 2035 The area around the city of Estevan has been chosen as one of two possible locations for an SMR. Courtesy City of Estevan. Canadian electric utility SaskPower has chosen two sites in Saskatchewan for the potential construction of a small, modular nuclear reactor.

The company said one site is the Estevan area – specifically, two sites around Boundary Dam and Rafferty Dam, and another around the Grant Devine Dam. Estevan is a city about 16 km north of the Canada-US border.

The other area under consideration is near Elbow, a village about 140 km south of the provincial capital of Saskatoon, around Lake Diefenbaker, from Gardiner Dam to the Diefenbaker Dam.

SaskPower said the area will be selected by 2023, with a specific site chosen by 2024.

However, the decision on whether to use SMR technology as part of the province’s power generation mix will not be made until 2029. If it is approved, the SMR could be operational by 2035.

Date: Friday, 23 September 2022
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The Government of Canada has announced support for Indigenous communities in exploring the potential of small modular reactors (SMRs) to provide emissions-free energy for a wide range of applications, including electricity generation in remote communities. Meanwhile, X-energy Canada is to collaborate with First Nations representatives to build Indigenous capacity in the future advanced SMR industry.

Date: Tuesday, 21 December 2021
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Three Canadian First Nation economic organisations on 11 May signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly pursue small modular reactor (SMR) investments. “We just think we want to be part of this discussion and look at it as a strong business opportunity going forward,” said Sean Willy, the CEO of Des Nedhe Group, also speaking on behalf of Athabasca Basin Development and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band’s Kitsaki Management. “Whenever they deploy these small modular reactors), wherever in Canada, hopefully the uranium they use comes from northern Saskatchewan.”

Date: Wednesday, 19 May 2021
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$15m investment will help with pre-licensing of SMR Terrestrial Energy is proposing to build a 195-MW IMSR at Chalk River in Canada. Courtesy Terrestrial Energy. The Canadian government took a step forward on its national small modular reactor plan on Thursday, with an investment to help an Ontario company move closer to commercialising its Generation IV reactor technology.

The CAD20m ($15.1m) investment will help Terrestrial Energy complete a pre-licensing milestone for its technology, part of an effort to bring net-generation nuclear energy to industry, Canada’s innovation ministry said.

This is the first investment from the government’s strategic innovation fund for an SMR. Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) power plant is said to be 50% more efficient than traditional reactors and suited for deployment in remote communities and industrial operations, including on-grid and off-grid power provision.

Ontario-based Terrestrial Energy, established in 2013, is proposing to build a 195-MW IMSR at Chalk River in Canada. It wants to commission the first IMSR power plants in the late 2020s.

The company said IMSR plants can be built in four years and produce electricity or industrial heat at prices competitive with fossil fuels while emitting no greenhouse gases. They can provide energy for generating on-grid electric power and heat for industrial processes, such as hydrogen production, synthetic fuel production, natural resource extraction, and desalination.

Date: Saturday, 17 October 2020
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Canadian uranium fuel cycle firm Cameco has cancelled a public hearing on its application to licence the Millenium Mine after withdrawing an application submitted in early 2014 to licence the new Athabasca Basin mine, 600 km north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Date: Monday, 19 May 2014
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