June 22nd, 2024

Nuclear reactor development going near Estevan, Saskatchewan’s Crown power corporation says

By Medicine Hat News on June 1, 2024.

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Sask Power has selected locations near Estevan for development of small nuclear reactor sites, picking them over a proposed location near Lake Diefenbaker.

Elbow, Sask. – about 180 kms northeast of Swift Current -was one of two areas outlined last year as sites capable of hosting the development of a new power facility the province is promoting as a way to provide base power without adding carbon emissions.

On Friday, the Crown power producer said that after consultations and evaluation, it will concentrate on two locations in the southeast – one on the Boundary Dam Reservoir and one on the Rafferty Reservoir.

“In addition to the technical suitability of the sites, the Estevan region offers many benefits,” said SaskPower CEO Rupen Pandya, citing proximity to a mid-sized centre and existing transmission line capacity.

Detailed site assessment of each potential site will be done this year, with a determination in 2025. A final go-ahead could come in 2029 for a 315-megawatt reactor that would be completed by 2034.

Elbow “remains an attractive option for the development of nuclear power,” according to the release. SaskPower plans to continue land evaluation and discussions near Elbow toward future projects.

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