Bruce Power in Canada
In late fall 2018, NuScale Power announced a partnership with Bruce Power L.P., Canada’s first private nuclear generator, to develop a strong business case to introduce NuScale’s innovative and unique small modular reactor (SMR) technology to the Canadian market. The announcement followed another exciting partnership that NuScale established earlier in November 2018 with Ontario Power Generation Inc. to support our vendor design review with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. This latest collaboration with Bruce Power demonstrates the growing enthusiasm in Canada for NuScale’s pioneering nuclear technology.
“Bringing NuScale’s safe, scalable, economic and carbon-free reactor to Canadian customers makes sense both from an energy and business perspective and we are thrilled to have the support of leading power generator Bruce Power as we make this case,” said NuScale Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Hopkins. “Bruce Power’s expertise in managing nuclear plants as a private company adds additional valuable experience as we move into the Canadian market.”
Bruce Power is a privately-owned operator of nuclear power generating stations and provides 30 percent of the power delivered in the Province of Ontario at 30 percent below the average cost to produce residential power through its operation of approximately 6,400 MW of nuclear generation capacity. This exceptionally valuable partnership will support NuScale’s efforts to bring our SMR technology to Canada to provide low-cost, clean, reliable electricity to Canadian families and businesses.
Bruce Power will leverage its considerable expertise in nuclear plant management to support evaluation, planning, and licensing activities that will demonstrate the value proposition for NuScale’s technology as the right choice for Ontario and Canada. This will include studies on the impacts of deployment of a NuScale plant in the province, feasibility studies for proposed SMR sites, and other risk evaluation exercises to show how SMR deployment can benefit Canadians, and the ways in which our carbon-free technology can support Canada’s climate goals.
“The NuScale design has advanced to a stage where Bruce Power can participate in understanding and developing a conceptual business case as part of our efforts to provide low-cost, clean, reliable electricity to Canadian families and businesses,” said Bruce Power President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Rencheck. Worth noting is that in May 2018, Bruce Power and the County of Bruce announced a partnership to establish the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) as an international center of excellence for applied research and training, which will evaluate applications for new nuclear technologies including small modular reactors. This will offer an exciting opportunity for NuScale to be connected to the nuclear energy research community in Canada to share ideas and knowledge as the SMR market in Canada grows.
NuScale is well-positioned to ensure that our innovative SMR technology meets Canadian energy needs and regulatory requirements, and we are poised with our new partners to expand SMR technology into the Canadian market and support Canada’s carbon-free energy goals.
The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission
January 2019 kicked off with another exciting partnership between NuScale Power and the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC). NuScale and the JAEC are collaborating to conduct a joint feasibility assessment of NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR), which will inform JAEC’s efforts to deploy nuclear power plants across Jordan. JAEC is the government entity that both manages the nuclear program and leads the development and implementation of nuclear strategy in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
“NuScale is at the forefront of U.S. SMR Technology,” said H.E. Dr. Khaled Toukan, JAEC Chairman. “We look forward to this collaboration to assess the viability and potential for deployment of NuScale SMR Technology in Jordan.”
JAEC oversaw the implementation of several key and notable projects in Jordan including the Sub-Critical Assembly, the exploration of uranium in the Central Jordan area, and the Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR)— Jordan’s first nuclear reactor. Current projects for JAEC include the uranium mining in Jordan and the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) development and implementation (including SMRs).
This partnership will showcase the unique capabilities, cost benefits, and flexibility of our game-changing climate-smart SMR technology for Jordan, as well as for other countries across the world where fossil fuel is the current source of heat and electricity. It also has the potential to support Jordan’s future potable water needs through desalination. The NuScale SMR plant design is especially well suited for the co-generation of electricity and potable water, since modules can be designated to different functions. The enhanced safety, improved affordability, and deployment flexibilities of the NuScale design provide a cost-effective approach to expanding carbon-free desalination capacity in regions of the world, such as Jordan, where fossil fuel is the current source of heat and electricity for this process.
“As Jordan considers its energy future, I’m confident that the unmatched resiliency and safety features of NuScale’s SMR technology make us the ideal partner on the Kingdom’s nuclear power goals,” said John Hopkins, NuScale Power Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
That wraps up our Partnership Spotlight for this issue. We look forward to sharing new developments with you in the spring!