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Innovating to Support Canada's Clean Energy Vision
GEH SMR Technologies Canada, Ltd., based in Markham, Ontario, is supporting the deployment of the BWRX-300 small modular reactor in Canada.
Canada's Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Action Plan envisions SMRs as a source of clean, safe and affordable energy that can unlock a range of economic, social and environmental benefits. GEH SMR Technologies Canada supports this clean energy vision and is working with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to progress options for the deployment of SMRs in Ontario, including the BWRX-300.
An independent report by PwC Canada estimates the potential economic benefits that would result from job creation, local supply chain development, manufacturing, construction, operation and tax revenue generated by the deployment of BWRX-300 small modular reactors in Canada and the potential export of this technology worldwide.
The independent report 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 labour income and more than $750 million in federal, provincial and municipal tax revenue. The report estimates that each subsequent BWRX-300 deployed in Ontario and other provinces is expected to further generate more than $1.1 billion in GDP and more than $300 million in tax revenue.
An Experienced, Committed Industry Partner
Lisa McBride, Country Leader, Small Modular Reactors, is leading a collaboration with Canadian customers, stakeholders, suppliers and partners in our pursuit to bring the first grid-scale SMR to market by 2028.
Proven Track Record
GE and Hitachi have extensive experience delivering large-scale projects, on time and on budget. GEH has entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with five Canadian companies, Aecon Nuclear, BWXT Canada Ltd., Hatch Ltd., Black & Veatch and Overland Contracting Canada Inc. (a Black & Veatch Company), to form the foundation for the establishment of a Canadian supply chain to support BWRX-300 construction and provide future services and components.
Most Cost Competitive SMR Solution
The BWRX-300 is a ~300 MWe water-cooled, natural circulation SMR with passive safety systems. As the tenth evolution of the Boiling Water Reactor (BWR), the BWRX-300 represents the simplest, yet most innovative BWR design since GE began developing nuclear reactors in 1955.
Through dramatic and innovative design simplification, GEH projects the BWRX-300 will require significantly less capital cost per megawatt when compared to other SMR designs and can become the most cost-competitive and quickest to market SMR, making it the ideal solution for Canada's clean energy needs.
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129 Years of Experience and Innovation for Canada
GE has been a committed local partner, operating in Canada since 1892, and has been a pioneer in Canada’s commercial nuclear energy industry since the 1950s. GE was part of a consortium that developed Canada's first nuclear plant, the Nuclear Power Demonstration unit, in 1962. In the 1970s and 1980s the company supplied fuel handling equipment for the Bruce and Darlington plants and for several decades manufactured fuel for the CANDU fleet.
Building on our Legacy
We have designed for, fueled and serviced the nuclear energy industry for more than 60 years. We look forward to building on this legacy by boldly innovating to bring the world’s first grid-scale SMR to Canada, creating jobs and spurring economic development while positioning Ontario as an SMR hub and Canada as a leader in the deployment of this technology.