Planning for Nuclear Power

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We need all options on the table to help us reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in how we generate power, as soon as possible. Nuclear power from Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) is one of those options.

Watch the video below to learn more about SMRs in Saskatchewan.

While a decision on whether to build a small modular reactor (SMR) in Saskatchewan won’t be made until 2029, planning needs to happen now. The lengthy planning process requires us to select a specific nuclear technology and potential site.

We've selected GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 SMR design and shortlisted two study areas for evaluation. They include:

  1. Elbow Study Area
  2. Estevan Study Area

Right now, we're in the site selection phase of the project. We have a long list of criteria - some of the key ones are illustrated below.

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Over the next year, our goal is to narrow down options for a potential site based on information we collect through studies and engagement activities with communities, stakeholders and Rightsholders in the study areas.

That’s where you come in. We’ll be sharing information and seeking to learn more about each area. We’re interested in hearing about your values and your environmental, social and economic priorities. Your feedback will help identify reasons that a location is a good fit or a poor fit. It could also identify things that would need to be considered and planned around if a facility were to be built in one of the study areas.

We'll compile the feedback we hear through engagement and use it to inform the site selection process. We also want to know what you’re wondering about and how you’d like to get updates, to help shape our communications and information-sharing.

We need all options on the table to help us reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in how we generate power, as soon as possible. Nuclear power from Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) is one of those options.

Watch the video below to learn more about SMRs in Saskatchewan.

While a decision on whether to build a small modular reactor (SMR) in Saskatchewan won’t be made until 2029, planning needs to happen now. The lengthy planning process requires us to select a specific nuclear technology and potential site.

We've selected GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 SMR design and shortlisted two study areas for evaluation. They include:

  1. Elbow Study Area
  2. Estevan Study Area

Right now, we're in the site selection phase of the project. We have a long list of criteria - some of the key ones are illustrated below.

""

Over the next year, our goal is to narrow down options for a potential site based on information we collect through studies and engagement activities with communities, stakeholders and Rightsholders in the study areas.

That’s where you come in. We’ll be sharing information and seeking to learn more about each area. We’re interested in hearing about your values and your environmental, social and economic priorities. Your feedback will help identify reasons that a location is a good fit or a poor fit. It could also identify things that would need to be considered and planned around if a facility were to be built in one of the study areas.

We'll compile the feedback we hear through engagement and use it to inform the site selection process. We also want to know what you’re wondering about and how you’d like to get updates, to help shape our communications and information-sharing.

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What information can you share with us about the area?

5 months

We’re looking to understand more about these study areas. If you work, live, or play in one of these areas, help us populate the map.  

By getting a picture of current uses, we can plan for a project that takes into account what’s valued most based on your perspectives. Your feedback will help identify reasons that a location is a good fit or a poor fit. It could also identify things that would need to be considered and planned around if a facility were to be built in one of the study areas. 

What the coloured areas on the map mean:

  • The inner green areas are the siting areas for both study areas we're looking at. Within this boundary is where we're looking to physically site a potential nuclear facility.
  • The outer blue areas are the general study areas for the project. 
    • Within both areas, we're engaging with folks and doing various studies that will help us understand the areas better.

Choose a category pin and place it on the map. Then tell us about the location you’ve selected. 

Pin categories include:

  1. Recreational use
  2. Social or cultural significance
  3. Environmental significance
  4. Commercial or industrial use
  5. General observation

If you prefer not to share information on this public tool you can also send details directly to publicengagement@saskpower.com.

This tool is not intended to capture Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Practices. These knowledge systems are developed over centuries and are passed orally from generations to generation. We'll work with Indigenous communities to find appropriate ways to integrate Traditional Knowledge to ensure planning is centered on sustainable development and minimizes or accommodates for potential affects where needed.

Please be respectful and follow the moderation policy. Submissions that do not meet these requirements or are not relevant to the subject matter or selected pin may be removed.

Page last updated: 25 Jan 2023, 11:27 AM