Saskatchewan is a province in Canada where all of Canada’s uranium is produced but Saskatchewan has never had a nuclear power plant. Ontario has 18 of Canada’s 19 operating nuclear reactors.
Saskatchewan will finally embrace nuclear power by planning to build a small modular reactor by early to mid-2030s.
Saskatchewan’s new 2019 growth plan is to use nuclear power through Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) into Saskatchewan’s energy mix could provide SaskPower with the ability to generate up to 80 percent of the province’s electricity through zero-emission sources, when combined with renewable power sources.
Brian Wang of Nextbigfuture was born in Saskatchewan and went to University in Saskatchewan. Over 30 years ago, Brian wrote a letter to the local newspaper that Saskatchewan should build nuclear reactors to power the province and to export power to nearby provinces and states. Previously, Saskatchewan could have embraced nuclear energy and been given the Canadian nuclear energy research center. This would have provided 5000 top research and engineering jobs. The new provincial growth plans are better late than never.
Saskatchewan has loads of uranium. Using its own uranium to export power would generate more money than just selling uranium. A one-gigawatt nuclear reactor could generate 8 terawatt-hours of power every year. 8 billion kwh of electricity sold at 10 cents per kwh would be $800 million per year.
SMRs are the next generation of nuclear reactors that are smaller and better suited to meeting Saskatchewan’s power needs compared to larger older reactors. SMRs could replace aging baseload power generation in the province and provide a new GHG emission-free source of power fueled by Saskatchewan uranium.
To ensure SMRs are an option for Saskatchewan’s power future, the Government of Saskatchewan will partner with New Brunswick and Ontario to continue research and evaluation of SMRs as a new source of electricity production in Canada.