SaskPower is looking to inform the public about just what kind of shape the future SMR sites will take.

Allison Champion, the regulatory project manager and impact assessment lead for SaskPower’s SMR development project, provided that during a recent online presentation.

She says they're looking at an approximately 332 meters by 260 meters area, which works out to be about a 21-acre parcel.

"The potential water intake locations were also important in the sighting effort, and we used shoreline surveys with symmetry studies to help us conceptually look at where we would run our water intake and outlet outlets, assuming we would use once-through cooling as our cooling technology. We will continue to refine these plans as we get further into our siting efforts and determine our cooling technology." 

They also dived into some of the infrastructure that's set up on the site, covering both the construction and permanent buildings.

Site layout

"One of the main items for buildings ... is the reactor and steam turbine building. This is where the nuclear reactor is present and where fuel, new fuel or used fuel, is managed and this is all housed in one building."

They also showed off possible designs which may include the once-through water cooling technology, and talked about how many options had different pros and cons.

The presentation also included their on-site waste management, 

"Sustainable waste management is really important in the nuclear industry and therefore nuclear power plants where we look to minimize and sustainably manage all of our waste at our site."

Additional buildings include on-site training facilities, administrative buildings, security buildings, and parking.

SaskPoiwer will also be looking at upgrading existing nearby roads and improving access to local services such as gas and fibre internet.

Champion also discussed the reactor they'd be using for the site, the GE Hitachi BWRX 300 reactor, and how they could potentially have two of them at the site.

reactor side porfile

In addition, the nuclear reactor is separated from the power plant in the current designs in what's called a nuclear island to separate the thermal energy and radiation managing aspects of the power production.

Champion ended the presentation letting people know that there's still a whole lot more work ahead for SaskPower.

"There's a lot of work required with our design, to qualify, our supply chain, and getting long lead items in these types of things. We have a lot of work to do to continue on with our public and indigenous engagement, which will be very active obviously now during this time and our pre-planning phase throughout our regulatory process into construction and into operation as well."