OPG selects GE Hitachi as SMR technology development partner

Aerial view of Darlington Nuclear
Image: Ontario Power Generation

The two companies will work together to deploy a small modular reactor projected to be completed as early as 2028 and could increase provincial revenues by more than $870 million.

DEC. 2, 2021 – On Dec. 2, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced its partnership with GE Hitachi to deploy a small modular reactor (SMR) at the new Darlington nuclear site, the only site currently licensed for a new nuclear build in Canada.

The two companies will collaborate on the SMR planning, design, engineering, performing site preparation, and preparing for licensing, with the shared goal of deploying the first commercial, grid-scale SMR in Canada.

The Darlington SMR will be a new clean energy source for Ontario and help decarbonize the province. The new build could also create thousands of jobs in Ontario, including approximately 1,600 positions during construction and manufacturing, and 700 jobs during project development.

Pending approval, the site preparation is set to begin in the spring of 2022. OPG plans to apply to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for a License to Construct by the end of 2022.

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