BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor Technology Selected for Darlington Clean Energy Project
TORONTO-December 2, 2021-GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has been selected by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) as the technology partner for the Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant project. GEH will work with OPG to deploy a BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor (SMR) at the Darlington site which could be completed as early as 2028.
“We are delighted to have been chosen by OPG as a technology partner,” said Jay Wileman, President and CEO of GEH. “OPG is the climate change leader in Ontario and is well positioned to become a global PMR leader. Together, this partnership will create jobs and economic benefits for Durham Region, Ontario and Canada, and a potential global export of this technology. ”
“We know nuclear is a proven zero-emission baseline energy source that will help us achieve net zero as a business by 2040 and act as a catalyst for efficient decarbonization throughout the world. ‘economy by 2050,’ said Ken Hartwick, President and CEO of OPG. “By moving forward, with our leading technology partner GE Hitachi, in the deployment of innovative technology for an SMR in Darlington, OPG is leading the way in the development and deployment of the next generation of nuclear power in Canada and beyond.
Advanced nuclear technologies like the BWRX-300 are a key pillar of GE’s leadership in energy transition. The BWRX-300 does not produce carbon during operation and has been designed to achieve significantly lower construction and operating costs than traditional nuclear power generation technologies. Specifically, the BWRX-300 takes advantage of a unique combination of a new patented safety breakthrough, proven components, the US NRC certified ESBWR license base, and a existing licensed fuel design. This unique combination positions GEH to provide an innovative, carbon-free baseline power generation source this decade.
In addition to the climate benefits that the BWRX-300 has to offer, GE’s partnership with OPG has the potential to bring substantial economic opportunities to Ontario and Canada. Based in Ontario, GEH SMR Technologies Canada, Ltd. (GEH SMR Canada), created 80 highly skilled jobs to support the deployment of the BWRX-300 in Canada and around the world.
“We expect to continue to create many skilled and well-paying jobs in Ontario as we build our BWRX-300 team,” said Lisa McBride, Country Manager, GEH SMR Canada.
In addition to the direct creation of jobs, an independent company report by PwC Canada, commissioned by GEH, estimates that the construction and operation of the first BWRX-300 in Ontario is expected to generate approximately $ 2.3 billion in gross domestic product (GDP), $ 1.9 billion in labor income and over $ 750 million in federal, provincial and municipal tax revenues over its lifetime.
GE’s support for the Canadian nuclear industry dates back to the early 1950s. The company was involved in the construction of Canada’s first nuclear power plant, the Nuclear Demonstration Reactor (NPD) which became the basis of the entire nuclear power plant. CANDU park. Today, GE Hitachi is partnering with several Canadian companies to build a supply chain to support the deployment of the BWRX-300.
The BWRX-300 is attracting significant and growing worldwide interest. In addition to Canada, GEH has entered into agreements with utilities and companies in the United States, Poland, Estonia and the Czech Republic to explore the deployment of the technology.
About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Founded in 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance is executing a single strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactors and service opportunities. The alliance provides customers around the world with the technological leadership needed to effectively improve reactor performance, power output and safety. Follow GEH on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About GEH SMR Canada
Based in Ontario, GEH SMR Technologies Canada, Ltd. (GEH SMR Canada) is supporting the deployment of the BWRX-300 in Canada by working with Canadian customers, stakeholders, suppliers and partners.
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