The Benefits of the GE Hitachi BWRX-300 SMR
The technology behind the BWRX-300 represents the next evolution of the Boiling Water Reactor (BWR). Building on over 30 years of ESBWR development, the BWRX-300 reduces scale and complexity resulting in an SMR that is smarter, safer, faster and less costly to both build and operate.
The construction technologies incorporated into the BWRX-300 design adopt advanced concrete solutions and innovative techniques that have been proven in the oil and gas, tunneling and power industries.
Using a combination of modular and open-top construction techniques, the BWRX-300 can be constructed in 24-36 months while achieving an approximate 90 percent volume reduction in plant layout.
In addition, reducing the building volume by about 50 percent per MW should also account for 50 percent less concrete per MW.
In other words, the BWRX-300 represents a significant improvement in both affordability and advantageous size.
The technology at the heart of the BWRX-300 has had many years of proven operating experience or undergone significant testing and licensing as part of the ESBWR program.
GE Hitachi applied over 60 years of leading nuclear energy experience to simplify the operation of the entire process, without sacrificing output or safety.
While the BRWX-300 represents a leap forward, it is a leap founded on practical work, not simply theoretical understanding.
Independent estimates project the construction and operation of the first BWRX-300 in Ontario is expected to generate approximately $2.3 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
That begins with up to 60 percent less capital cost per MW when compared with typical water-cooled SMRs. And the numbers don’t include an additional estimated $1.9 billion in labour income and more than $750 million in federal, provincial and municipal tax revenue over its lifespan.
The numbers will grow as other BWRX-300s are deployed. Estimates are that each subsequent SMR in Ontario and other provinces will generate more than $1.1 billion in GDP and more than $300 million in tax revenue.
Enhanced Employment Opportunities
As the BWRX-300 is deployed in Canada, it also brings a number of job opportunities for Ontarians, in areas ranging from local supply chain development to manufacturing and operations. Opportunities for recent graduates in particular are plentiful as many nuclear workers in Canada are nearing retirement.
Already GE Hitachi has announced the creation of 80 highly skilled jobs in Ontario to support the deployment of its small modular reactor technology. These professional technical jobs will be based at our Canada SMR headquarters in Markham, Ontario.
GE Hitachi is also committed to providing opportunities for Canada’s First Nations communities. First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) have announced a collaboration on training and employment opportunities, beginning with 30 highly skilled field service technician roles.