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The governments of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation on the development of small modular reactor (SMR) technologies in both Canadian provinces.

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/New-Brunswick,-Saskatchewan-enhance-collaboration

Ontario-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) has been awarded an engineering contract by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) for its BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) reactor pressure vessel (RPV). Work associated with the contract includes engineering analysis, design support, manufacturing and procurement preparations. John MacQuarrie, president of BWXT Commercial Operations said intricate design projects such as the RPV for GEH’s BWRX-300 “are well-suited for BWXT’s engineering capabilities”.

Date: Friday, 24 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-wins-engineering-contract-from-geh-for-bwrx-300-rpv-10697051

Company cooperating with GEH on commercialisation of reactor GEH’s BWRX-300 is a 300 MW water-cooled, natural circulation SMR with passive safety. Courtesy GEH. GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has awarded an engineering contract for its BWRX-300 small modular reactor pressure vessel to Ontario, Canada-based BWX Technologies (BWXT).

The RPV, which contains the reactor core and associated internals, is the largest component within the BWRX-300.

BWXT said work associated with the contract includes engineering analysis, design support, manufacturing and procurement preparations.

In October, GEH announced it had entered into a teaming agreement with BWXT Canada to cooperate on engineering and procurement to support the design, manufacturing and commercialisation of the BWRX-300 SMR.

Earlier this month, GEH announced that the BWRX-300 had achieved a significant pre-licensing milestone in Canada with the completion of phases one and two of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) vendor design review process.

Date: Thursday, 23 March 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/canada-s-bwxt-wins-contract-for-smr-pressure-vessel-3-3-2023

Cambridge, Ontario-based nuclear engineering firm BWX Technologies (BWXT) has been contracted by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) to provide engineering analysis, design support, manufacturing and procurement preparations for the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) for the BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR).

Date: Thursday, 23 March 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BWXT-to-manufacture-BWRX-300-reactor-vessel

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) says it has completed a combined phases 1 & 2 vendor design review (VDR) of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s BWRX-300 boiling water reactor. The VDR takes place during the design process and gives CNSC an opportunity to provide early feedback. It is an optional service provided by CNSC at the request of a vendor. It does not involve issuance of a licence, or influence subsequent CNSC decisions.

Date: Friday, 17 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsge-hitachis-bwrx-300-completes-first-two-phases-of-design-review-10679782

First unit could be built at Darlington nuclear site by 2028 The BWRX-300 nuclear plant has also been seleced for potential deployment in Estonia. Courtesy Fermi Energia. GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) announced that its BWRX-300 small modular reactor has achieved a significant pre-licensing milestone in Canada with the completion of phases one and two of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) vendor design review process.

GEH said the BWRX-300 is the first SMR technology to have completed two phases of the CNSC’s vendor design review process.

Sean Sexstone, the company’s executive vice-president of advanced nuclear, said: “The successful completion of these phases and the feedback that we have received on our SMR design are important steps in the deployment of this technology.”

In 2020, GEH made its first submittal to the CNSC for its review of the BWRX-300 design. Since then, GEH has made submittals addressing 19 vendor design review areas that included general plant description, control system and facilities, research and development, and design process.

After a detailed assessment of reactor designs, in 2021 Ontario Power Generation (OPG) selected the GEH BWRX-300 as the technology to be deployed at its Darlington nuclear power station site.

Date: Thursday, 16 March 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/geh-s-bwrx-300-completes-first-two-phases-of-design-review-3-3-2023

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has completed a combined Phases 1 and 2 vendor design review (VDR) of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's BWRX-300 small modular reactor. The regulator said that no fundamental barriers to licensing were identified during the review.

Date: Thursday, 16 March 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BWRX-300-completes-Phases-1-2-of-Canadian-pre-lice

Estonia's Fermi Energia has selected GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's (GEH's) BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) for potential deployment in the Baltic country by the early 2030s. Two other SMR designs had been under consideration.

Date: Thursday, 09 February 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BWRX-300-selected-for-Estonia-s-first-nuclear-powe

Five major companies have made key announcements on their plans to advance small modular reactor (SMR) deployment in the UK. While Rolls-Royce SMR shortlisted three sites for a factory to produce component for its planned SMR; Balfour Beatty and Holtec with Hyundai agreed to support plans for the construction of Holtec’s SMR-160; and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) submitted a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) application for its BWRX-300 SMR to the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Date: Friday, 23 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssmr-competition-heats-up-in-the-uk-10456556

Further extensions of 30 years a possibility, say authorities Ontario’s energy Todd Smith meets workers at the Darington nuclear power station after the provincial government backed plans for a lifetime extension. Courtesy OPG/Todd Smith. The Ontario government has announced its support for Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) continued operation of the Pickering nuclear power station for an additional year to 2026 – with the possibility of additional extensions of 30 years.

The province’s energy ministry said the plan to operate for a further year would cut carbon emissions by 2.1 megatonnes, or roughly 20% of the electricity sector's projected emissions. It would increase North America's supply of Cobalt-60, which Pickering has been supplying since 1971 and which has medical uses such as in cancer treatments, by 10%-20%.

At the Ontario government’s request, OPG reviewed its operational plans and concluded that the facility could continue to safely generate electricity, a statement said.

Under OPG’s new plan, electricity generation at Pickering would end in 2026 instead of 2025. Units 1 and 4 would operate as originally planned until 2024 and Units 5 to 8 would operate until September 2026 as major refurbishment of nuclear units at OPG’s Bruce and Darlington nuclear stations progresses. Units 2 and 3 are already shut down.

Date: Tuesday, 04 October 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/ontario-backs-plans-to-operate-four-pickering-units-for-additional-year-10-1-2022