OPG will work with GEH as an SMR technology development partner
February 17, 2022 – Ontario Electricity Generation (OPG) announced that it will work with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to deploy a small modular reactor (the BWRX-300) at the site of the new Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, the only site in Canada, according to OPG, currently licensed for new nuclear construction.
“We know that nuclear is a proven zero-emissions baseload energy source that will help us achieve net zero as a business by 2040 and act as a catalyst for effective decarbonization on a global scale. economy by 2050,” said Ken Hartwick, President and CEO of OPG.
OPG and GE Hitachi will collaborate on the engineering, design, planning, preparation of SMR permitting and permitting documents, and site preparation activities, with the goal of constructing the first Network-wide commercial PRM, expected to be completed as early as 2028.
BWRX-300 is a 300 MWe water-cooled natural circulation small modular reactor (SMR). According to GE Hitachi, it represents “the simplest, yet most innovative [Boiling Water Reactor] design since GE began developing nuclear reactors in 1955”.
The SMR does not produce carbon during operation. Steam condensation and gravity allow the BWRX-300 to cool for at least seven days without power or operator intervention.
“By moving forward with our leading technology partner GE Hitachi on the deployment of innovative technology for an SMR at Darlington, OPG is paving the way for the development and deployment of the next generation of nuclear power in Canada and the beyond,” added Hartwick.
Site preparation will begin in the spring of 2022, pending appropriate approvals. This work will include the installation of the necessary building services. OPG’s goal is to apply to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for a construction license by the end of this year.