Monthly Archives: January 2020


CNA2020 Pre-conference Seminar Focuses on SMR Progress in New Brunswick

logo for NB PowerSmall modular reactors (SMRs) are a clean energy option for Canada’s provinces and northern territories. This year’s pre-conference SMR seminar will showcase SMR developments in New Brunswick as NB Power celebrates its 100th anniversary.

In 2018, New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation, a provincial Crown corporation, committed $10 million toward establishing an SMR research cluster in New Brunswick. Advanced Reactor Concepts (ARC) Nuclear and Moltex Energy also invested $5 million each to advance research and development of their technologies. The two companies are working with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) to establish curriculum as well as plans for research and development at UNB and the Centre for Nuclear Energy Research. Both vendors are active in the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) vendor design review process and one partner has successfully completed Phase 1.

Utility Plan for SMR Development and Deployment

Ontario Power Generation Vice-President of Nuclear Regulatory Affairs and Stakeholder Relations and Regulatory Readiness Working Group Co-Chair Robin Manley will kick off the seminar. He will describe the pan-Canadian approach and how the work in New Brunswick fits within this approach. To move to commercial demonstration, ARC and Moltex would need to have each of their technologies successfully complete Phase 2 of the CNSC vendor design review, and their financial and project planning predictions would need to continue to show promise. If these conditions are met, then NB Power envisions commercial demonstrations of both reactor types at the Point Lepreau site with an in-service date of about 2030.

Manley’s presentation will be followed by four panel presentations.

Vision for New Brunswick

Chair: Assistant Deputy Minister Energy and Mines, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development, Bill Breckinridge


  • NB Power Senior Strategic Officer Paul Thompson
  • ARC Nuclear Canada President and CEO Norman Sawyer
  • Moltex Energy Chief Executive, North American Rory O’Sullivan,

Economic Development and Supply Chain

Chair: Atlantica Centre for Energy President Colleen D’Entremont


  • NB Power Senior Strategic Advisor, SMR Project Planning Wayne Woodworth
  • ARC Nuclear Canada President and CEO Norman Sawyer
  • Moltex Energy Chief Executive, North American Rory O’Sullivan
  • Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries President and CEO Ron Oberth
  • Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Divisional Vice President Ron Marcolin

Importance of Engagement

Chair: CANDU Owners Group Director, Nuclear Safety and Environmental Affairs Program Rachna Clavero


  • Atlantica Centre for Energy President Colleen D’Entremont
  • NB Power Senior Strategic Advisor, Advanced Reactor Technology Team, Claire Harris
  • NB Power Manager of Community Affairs and Nuclear Regulatory Protocol Kathleen Duguay

R&D and Educational Capacity Building

Chair: NB Power Senior Strategic Advisor, Small Modular Reactors Dean Taylor


  • ARC Nuclear Canada President and CEO Norman Sawyer
  • Moltex Energy Vice-President of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, North American, Kun Chen
  • UNB Chemical Engineering Professor William Cook
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Director of the Energy Program Gina Strati
  • University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering President Jerry Hopwood

With so much to cover, the SMR pre-conference seminar will run from 13:00 to 17:00 on February 26.


Registration is required for all pre-conference seminars and is not included in regular conference registration. Please see the registration terms and conditions at for more information and to register.


Moltex Energy pursuing SMR build in New Brunswick


The next generation of nuclear reactors is on its way in Canada.

Small modular reactors (SMRs) are a type of reactor that are smaller than conventional nuclear reactors. They can be built in factories and delivered to power sites and remote locations for installation at a low cost.

In Ontario, both Ontario Power Generation and Bruce Power are working with companies to develop SMRs.

And in New Brunswick, two companies signed agreements with NB Power and the Government of New Brunswick as part of an effort to build a manufacturing hub and potentially a second or even third reactor at Point Lepreau.

One of these companies is Moltex Energy.

At the recent Canadian Nuclear Society conference in Ottawa, Moltex Energy Canada Chief Executive Rory O’Sullivan spoke about the company’s efforts to have a stable salt reactor available before 2030.

“We signed the agreements with NB Power and the New Brunswick government last year,” he said.

There are now 10 full-time engineers at the Moltex office in New Brunswick, with five more expected to start in the fall.

“The main objective from the New Brunswick side is understanding our technology so they can eventually build a demonstration plant,” he said. “The long-term vision is to have New Brunswick as a cluster, to build a plant there and get the local supply chain engaged in the best position to sell components as we sell reactors around the world.”

Moltex’s reactor is an SSR, short for Stable Salt Reactor. It uses molten salt fuel in conventional fuel pins. The technology can reuse spent fuel from CANDU reactors at Point Lepreau. It can store heat as thermal energy in large tanks of molten salt that can be converted to steam to create electricity and be able to operate on demand.

“The concept of a meltdown doesn’t really apply,” O’Sullivan said. Companies like Moltex are among those working in Canada to build the next generation of nuclear reactors that offer more flexibility to work with renewables in clean-energy systems of the future.

“All grids around the world need more flexibility as renewables grow and as grids change and you get more electric vehicle charging spikes,” he said. “We are not just developing a reactor that runs baseload all the time. We are developing a hybrid nuclear storage solution.”

“Nuclear is going to be part of a decarbonized future grid. Our way of getting there is trying to build a nuclear solution that operates as cheaply as possible.”

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CNA Sponsorship Spotlight: Kinectrics

Students are the future of any industry. That’s one of the reasons why the Canadian Nuclear Association is pleased to have Kinectrics as the Gold-Level Sponsor of the Starting Your Nuclear Career student event at CNA2020.

Kinectrics’ origins can be traced back to 1912 as the technical and research division of Ontario Hydro, which was the largest electrical utility in North America. Ontario Hydro covered generation from nuclear, fossil, hydroelectric and renewable sources, as well as transmission and distribution. In the 1990s, the province broke-up and re-organized Ontario Hydro into multiple companies.

Kinectrics is a leader in engineering, testing, inspection, certification and consulting. Based in Toronto, it has more than 25 laboratory and testing facilities. Trusted by clients worldwide, its expertise is backed by a diverse fleet of field inspection equipment and an award-winning team of over 1,000 engineers and technical experts.

In December, Kinectrics opened a new 40,000-square-foot facility in Teeswater on nine acres of industrial property that will provide laundry services to Bruce Power. In 2017, Kinectrics opened the cornerstone of its expansion, a 37,000-square-foot facility at the Bruce Energy Centre, in Kincardine. With these two facilities, Kinectrics has invested more than $50 million in Bruce County initiatives over the past few years.

In November, partnership agreements between Ontario and international firms established the province as a stable global supplier of the life-saving medical isotope Lutetium-177. The agreements involved Bruce Power, Kinectrics, Framatome and ITM, a biotechnology and radiopharmaceutical group of companies based in Munich with a global network of production facilities. The two partnership agreements cover research, development, production, processing and export.

At CNA2020, the Kinectrics-sponsored Starting Your Nuclear Career event is set for Wednesday, February 26 from 15:00 to 17:00. This career information seminar is open to student delegates. It will feature recruitment professionals and a resume review from some of Canada’s leading nuclear companies.

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CNA Sponsor Spotlight: GE Hitachi

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors, nuclear fuel and services. GEH is the Diamond Sponsor of CNA2020.

GE and Hitachi have been at the forefront of nuclear technology for decades. For more than 60 years, they have designed for, fueled and serviced the nuclear industry. In 2007, GEH established an alliance to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor, fuel and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership needed to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety.

In May 2019, GEH started the vendor design review of its BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The review is an optional service to provide early feedback during the design process. The objective is to verify, at a high level, whether the plant design meets nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations. The combined Phase 1 and 2 review focuses on identifying issues that could hamper the licensing process for a new build project while assuring that a resolution path exists for any issues that may be identified.

The BWRX-300 is a 300 MWe water-cooled reactor. As the 10th evolution of the boiling water reactor (BWR), the BWRX-300 is the simplest, yet most innovative BWR design since GE began commercializing nuclear reactors in 1955. The BWRX-300 uses the design and licensing basis of the U.S. NRC-certified ESBWR. Through dramatic design simplification, GEH projects the BWRX-300 will need significantly less capital per megawatt than other water-cooled SMR designs or existing large nuclear reactor designs.

GEH also partners with GE Steam Power to serve the industry. GE’s Steam Power has installed 30 per cent of the world’s steam turbine capacity, 50 per cent of the world’s steam turbines for nuclear power plants and 30 per cent of the world’s boilers, as well as provided 1,500 steam turbine module retrofits.

GEH is sponsoring the Thursday Trade Show Reception, being held from 17:00 to 19:30 in the exhibitors’ area. Snacks will be served at many stations, and the CNA2020 prize draw will be held at 18:15. Find the complete CNA2020 schedule at

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Getting to Net-Zero Emissions Using Nuclear: Canada’s low-carbon future

Ever wonder how Canada is going to reach net-zero emissions? Join this panel at CNA2020 as Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Senior Vice-President of Corporate Affairs Heather Ferguson, SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh, Bruce Power President and CEO Mike Rencheck, and NB Power CEO Gaëtan Thomas discuss how Canada can reach its low-carbon future with nuclear power.

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OPG Senior VP of Corporate Affairs Heather Ferguson

With over 20 years of experience in the resource development, energy and electricity sectors, Ferguson was previously the OPG’s VP of New Business Ventures, VP of Environment, and Director of Hydroelectric Business Development Group. She has a Master’s degree in Science from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

SaskPower CEO and President Mike Marsh

President and CEO since 2015, Marsh first joined SaskPower in 1991 as an engineering supervisor before joining the corporate and financial services leadership team in 2001. In 2012, he became vice-president of operations and chief operations officer. Marsh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA.

Bruce Power President and CEO Mike Rencheck

Rencheck joined Bruce Power as president and CEO in 2016. He was the deputy chief operating officer for AREVA Group (international) after being president and CEO of AREVA Inc. in North America. Before joining AREVA, he was senior vice-president and chief nuclear officer at American Electric Power. He is a professional engineer and certified senior reactor operator.

NB Power CEO Gaëtan Thomas

Serving as CEO of NB Power since 2010, Thomas is a loyal and lifelong employee of the utility. He has worked in all aspects of the business, including as vice-president of the nuclear, distribution and customer service divisions. Thomas earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

The CEO panel will be held Thursday, February 27, from 14:00 to 15:00. Find the complete schedule at

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CNA Responds

CNA response to The London Free Press op-ed on January 17

RE: Op-ed Ontario should denuclearize its power generation (Jan. 17)

Ian Fairlie and Erika Simpson use the recent false provincial alert regarding the Pickering station as an opportunity to engage in fear-mongering about nuclear power.

The article consists of many misleading statements and is not based on credible scenarios.

The false alert was the result of a provincial alert system test and was unrelated to any event at the Pickering station.

The Pickering station is a CANDU design with a long history of safe performance. It is regularly upgraded to ensure alignment with international codes and standards.

In 2019, the station achieved its best-ever year of safety and reliability and was recently recognized for performance excellence by the World Association of Nuclear Operators.

Like all Canadian nuclear plants, the station benefits from strong oversight by an independent and highly-regarded regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

The safety culture and human performance of the Canadian nuclear industry is often emulated by other countries and industries.

John Gorman
President and CEO
Canadian Nuclear Association
Ottawa, ON