Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will build a GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) at its Darlington Nuclear Station in Clarington, Ontario, marking a major triumph for the nuclear vendor in a stiff competition for the much-watched utility-scale project. OPG announced the selection of the GE Hitachi BWRX-300 SMR over competitors X-energy and Terrestrial Energy in a live stream on Dec. 2. The utility said it will now work with GE Hitachi on the SMR engineering, design, planning, preparing the licensing and permitting materials, and performing site preparation activities. The companies are targeting a “mutual goal of constructing Canada’s first commercial, grid-scale SMR, projected to be completed as early as 2028.” Site preparation, which will include “installation of the necessary construction services,” is slated to begin in the spring of 2022, pending appropriate approvals. OPG additionally said it will apply to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for a License to Construct the SMR by the end of 2022.
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An atomic power joint venture between Japan’s Hitachi and General Electric of the U.S. says it has won an order to supply a small modular reactor to Ontario Power Generation, one of Canada’s leading utilities. GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy did not disclose the value of the deal, which marks the first commercial order placed with a Japanese-affiliated company for a small modular reactor (SMR), a technology hailed by some as the next generation of nuclear power. The reactor order is the first for Hitachi since 2008. It follows a series of setbacks for Japan’s nuclear power industry at home and abroad, starting with the 2011 Fukushima disaster, which was triggered by a devastating tsunami. Just last year, the Japanese industrial group pulled out of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power project in the U.K. after negotiations with the British government foundered on rising costs.
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