CNL takes step to new reactor

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has taken the first tentative step towards the construction of a new reactor at Chalk River. 

No, the new reactor would not be a replacement for NRU, due to shut down at the end of March 2018.

Instead, CNL is hoping the Chalk River site will be host to Canada’s first Small Modular Reactor (SMR).

CNL announced last Thursday that it was moving forward to “begin a discussion” around SMR technology and the role that CNL can play in bringing the technology to market by launching a “Request for Expressions of Interest” (REI).

“Over the past decade, small modular reactors (SMRs) have increasingly been recognized as a potential alternative to large-scale nuclear reactors,” the company said in a news release.

“This clean energy technology holds opportunities for Canada, particularly for remote communities or industrial sites.

“SMRs may offer several advantages over traditional technologies, notably: the ability to purchase and construct in a modular way, decreasing upfront capital costs through simpler, less complex plants, and a reduced staff complement.”

The company said that in addition to electricity generation, “SMRs could be integrated in overall energy plans with applications as varied as district heating, co-generation, energy storage, desalination, or hydrogen production.”

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