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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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