Canadian utilities build SMR alliances as developers tackle licensing

The International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit

Canada’s key SMR markets

Source: ‘A Canadian Roadmap for Small Modular Reactors’ (NRCan, November 2018).

Nuclear utilities are playing a growing role in Canadian SMR development and their operational expertise could support the first fleet deployment at mining sites, industry experts said.
Mining operators could be Canada’s first commercial SMR customers with utilities playing an owner-operator role, Vic Pakalnis, CEO of Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO), a public-private research group, told Nuclear Energy Insider.

“I think big utilities will likely be the ones that own SMRs and will deliver power to mining companies for 10, 20, 30 years for the life of the mine,” Pakalnis said.

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