SaskPower Picks BWRX-300

BWRX-300 SMR in Saskatchewan

The GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) is being selected by SaskPower for potential deployment.

In December 2021, GEH was chosen by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) as technology partner for the Darlington New Nuclear Project. GEH is working with OPG to deploy a BWRX-300 at the Darlington site that could be complete as early as 2028.

In May 2022, GEH SMR Canada and the Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Supplier’s Association (SIMSA) agreed to cooperate to support the potential deployment of the BWRX-300 in Saskatchewan.

Nuclear technologies like the BWRX-300 are important to GE’s energy transition goals. The BWRX-300 produces no carbon during operation. It leverages a combination of new components, the licensing basis of the U.S. NRC-certified ESBWR, and the existing GNF2 fuel design.

GE has been involved with Canada’s nuclear industry since the early 1950s, when they helped build the first Canadian nuclear power plant.