SMALL MODULAR REACTORS IN NEW BRUNSWICK
What is happening in New Brunswick?
New Brunswick is involved in the Pan-Canadian approach to the development and deployment of SMR. The approach addresses three streams.
On-Grid “ready deployable” SMR by late 2020’s at Darlington.
On-Grid Advanced SMRs being developed in New Brunswick that bring additional benefit for deployment in early to mid 2030.
VSMR for resource extraction and remote communities.
NB Power is working with two private-sector partners, Advanced Reactor Concepts (ARC) Clean Energy Canada and Moltex Energy, to advance Generation IV Plus Grid sized SMR technology for use in New Brunswick.
The New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation, a provincial Crown corporation, committed $10 million in 2018 towards the establishment of an advanced SMR Research Cluster in New Brunswick. Moltex and ARC Canada also each invested $5 million to progress research and development of their advanced technologies.
The Government of New Brunswick, through the Energy Solutions Corporation, is also playing a role in helping to map a Canadian strategy for the development of SMR technology. In December 2019, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work cooperatively for the development and deployment of SMR in Canada. In April 2021, Alberta also signed the MOU.
In February 2021, ARC Canada was awarded $20 million in funding from the Government of New Brunswick to support its next phase of technology development.
In March 2021, Moltex received $50.5 million in funding from the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to advance its technology development.