The sparsely populated province thinks node balancing its far flung grid would work
Brad Wall, the entrepreneurial provincial premier of Saskatchewan, (right) knows that just mining 20% of the world’s uranium supply won’t fuel the region’s economy forever. For years Wall has wanted to move up the value chain.
A while back he floated the idea of getting Canada into the uranium enrichment business. Now Wall, and his energy minister Bill Boyd want to develop a plan to deploy small modular reactors (SMRs), e.g., with less than 300 MW, across the wide open spaces of Saskatchewan.
Wall said at an energy conference Jan 20 he plans to push the province beyond uranium mining by investigating the possibility of developing a partnership with an as yet unnamed vendor of SMRs to produce electricity and also to support manufacturing of medical isotopes. The second objective could be a deal maker because some SMRs, which use higher levels of enriched uranium, can perform double duty.
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