Environmental assessment process begins for Canada's first proposed SMR - Association nucléaire canadienne


Environmental assessment process begins for Canada’s first proposed SMR

July 15, 2019

Global First Power, with Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation OPG, to begin EA for proposed commercial demonstrator unit at Chalk River Site

Today, the Canadian Federal government issued the notice of commencement of an environmental assessment (EA) for a small modular reactor project proposed by Global First Power (GFP) with support from nuclear-technology-innovator Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation™ (USNC) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG). This marks a significant “first” for the Canadian nuclear industry. Read more.

GFPUSNC and OPG propose to construct and operate a 15 megawatt (MW) thermal (approximately 5 MW electrical) Micro Modular Reactor (MMR™) plant at the Chalk River Laboratories, owned by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and operated by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL).

With the commencement of the EA, detailed studies will begin. In parallel, GFP will provide CNL with the required information as they continue their proponent selection process, and provide the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) with information to support the licence application process.

If approved, the project would serve as a model for future SMR deployments that could support remote industrial applications and provide a viable option to displace fossil fuel use. Ultimately, the MMR model could be a key contributor to an important solution for all of Canada: meeting energy needs while enabling other renewable energy sources and helping to achieve environment and climate change goals.