SNC-Lavalin to develop Canada’s first grid-scale SMR for OPG

SNC-Lavalin to develop Canada’s first grid-scale SMR for OPG

OPG plans to build Canada’s first SMR at this site in Clarington, Ontario. Photo courtesy of OPG.

Candu Energy, part of SNC-Lavalin Group, has entered into an agreement with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to supply the Darlington New Nuclear Project, including deployment of North America’s first commissioned grid-scale small modular reactor (SMR), the GEH BWRX-300, before the end of the decade.

Under a six-year alliance agreement with Aecon and GE-Hitachi, Candu Energy will provide expertise for the design and construction of the SMR for the Darlington Nuclear Power Plant in Clarington, Ontario. (pictured), which currently uses four Canadian deuterium uranium reactors (CANDU) to generate electricity. SNC-Lavalin’s mandate is expected to include project management, licensing, design, procurement, construction support, commissioning and digital delivery for both the nuclear island and balance of plant portions of the project.

“Canada’s net-zero commitments by 2050 will require large-scale electrification of transportation, buildings and heavy industrial processes,” said Ian L. Edwards, President and CEO of SNC-Lavalin. “This electricity must be generated from clean, reliable and cost-effective sources that do not undermine energy security. Our participation in Canada’s first SMR to come to market – and the first new build nuclear facility in about 30 years – reaffirms our position in the nuclear power market.”

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of CANDU reactors, SNC-Lavalin is the only company whose technology has passed all three phases of pre-project design review by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).

“Following our on-time and on-budget collaboration with OPG on the refurbishment of the existing CANDU reactors at Darlington, we are extremely pleased to contribute to this exciting new build,” said Joe St. Julian, President of SNC-Lavalin’s Nuclear Business. “Canada was the second country in the world to produce commercial nuclear energy. Together with our allies, we will ensure Canada leads the way in opening up an exciting new frontier in nuclear energy. We continue to work with SMR providers around the world to bring more of these reactors online, coinciding with increasing interest from jurisdictions looking to decarbonize their energy mix while maintaining energy self-sufficiency.”

“Canada has the ability to lead global SMR deployments thanks to our strong nuclear supply chain,” said Ken Hartwick, President and CEO of OPG. “We are pleased to welcome SNC-Lavalin to the team using the BWRX-300 as the first SMR commissioned in North America.”

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