We’re in a multi-year planning phase for the development of nuclear power from small modular reactors (SMRs) in Saskatchewan. If we want SMRs to be an option in the mid-2030s, we need to start planning now.
To help, we’ve applied for federal funding to cover some of the costs of this planning.
Our Progress So Far
In 2019, we began evaluating the feasibility of SMRs in Saskatchewan. And with that, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Alberta signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This was to develop SMRs as one more zero-emissions power source to help Canada reach its climate change goals.
And as part of this feasibility stage, we’ve:
- conducted feasibility research with other utilities across Canada
- contributed to Canada’s SMR Road Map and Action Plan
The planning phase is underway. So far, we’ve:
- established an internal team to develop nuclear power from SMRs as a supply option and start the planning phase
- contracted for expertise from Canada’s existing nuclear industry
- completed a 4-year process to evaluate specific SMR designs
- gathered technical criteria to identify potential regions of study for the first site
The information we gather during the planning phase, will help us make future decisions. This includes whether to build an SMR in Saskatchewan. We expect to make a decision to construct or not by 2029.
We expect the planning phase to take about 8 years. There are several things we need to do during this planning work, including:
- Ongoing Indigenous, stakeholder, customer and public engagement
- Environmental, social, economic and Indigenous impact assessments as required by federal and provincial regulators
- Assessing various potential regions that would fit the various technologies we’re looking at to ultimately select a site
- Selecting which small modular technology we want to use
- Securing 3 different licences from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)
- a Licence to Prepare the Site
- a Licence to Construct an SMR
- a Licence to Operate an SMR
See our timeline:
In 2021, we partnered with the First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) to hold several engagement and information sessions with Indigenous peoples and First Nations communities across the province. We also held many online information sessions for residents of Saskatchewan throughout the fall and winter of 2021.
Learn more about what we’ve heard so far from communities during these engagement sessions.