Sask. releases study on proposed nuclear reactor project
A small modular nuclear reactor or SMR is seen in this undated photo.
REGINA -- Saskatchewan has released a feasibility study into its proposed small modular reactor (SMR) project, in conjunction with three other provinces.
The premiers of the four member provinces held a virtual press conference on Wednesday to release the findings of a feasibility study, originally requested as part of the MOU.
SMRs are nuclear reactors that produce 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity or less.
In a joint-release, the governments said the study concludes the reactors would support domestic energy needs, lower greenhouse gas emissions and help position Canada as a global leader in nuclear technology.
The study identified three streams, providing project options for the provinces to consider. Timelines for initial completion span between 2026 and 2030.
"The report identifies the potential for all three streams to create employment and economic growth benefits for Canada, as well as opportunities to export technology and expertise to address global issues such as climate change and energy reliability," the release states.
The next step in the MOU is for the provinces to develop a joint strategic plan, expected in the spring of 2021.
"This study confirms the feasibility of small modular reactors in Canada and outlines a path forward to deploy this new clean, safe, reliable and competitively priced power. This new technology will help attract investment, create high-skilled jobs and contribute to our growing economy," said Premier Scott Moe.