SaskPower selects areas around Estevan and Elbow as possible locations for nuclear reactors

As SaskPower continues the process of potentially bringing nuclear power to the prairie, they have now selected two potential sites where such a facility could be housed.

Although the final decision won’t be made until 2029, SaskPower announced on Tuesday that they have selected two study sites, one in Estevan and one in Elbow, to potentially house up to two small modular nuclear reactors, known as SMRs.

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Both sites meet the SMR facility criteria due to their proximity to an appropriate water supply, the availability of infrastructure such as roads and emergency services, and their existing power infrastructure and workforce.

“Nuclear power from SMRs could fit well into our generation mix, providing emission-free, reliable power 24 hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of weather conditions,” said Doug Opseth, resource planning director at SaskPower.

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Opseth emphasized the need for Crown Corporation to make rapid and sweeping changes to its operations to accommodate the clean energy transition that is being felt around the world.

Earlier this year, SaskPower chose so-called small modular reactors as the nuclear technology of choice for the province.

Their next step was to identify study areas well suited to support the construction and operation of SMRs.

“Following a comprehensive analysis of the entire province, the Estevan and Elbow areas were identified as areas for further study to potentially construct Saskatchewan’s first small modular reactor,” said Don Morgan, Secretary of State for SaskPower.

The map shows potential SMR locations around Estevan.


In the Estevan region, it includes a 40 km area around Boundry Dam and Rafferty Reservoir and a 40 km radius around Grant Devine Lake.

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Map shows potential SMR locations around Elbow.


At Elbow, the study area includes land surrounding Lake Diefenbaker, ranging from Gardiner Dam to the southeastern point of the lake.

“SaskPower has been evaluating nuclear power for a long time. In all of these studies, Lake Diefenbaker has always been at the top of the list as one of the most technically viable sites to house a nuclear facility,” added Rupen Pandya, SaskPower CEO.

Questions about nuclear waste came up during Tuesday’s press conference.

SaskPower says its facility would store its waste on-site, citing a similar example from the Darlington nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario.

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“At this site they have all the spent fuel for the last 30 years. Every piece of fuel that has entered this facility will be stored safely and securely on site,” said Secretary Morgan.

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However, the possible construction of a deep underground storage facility in Ontario could eventually house some of the spent fuel from a nuclear power plant in Saskatchewan.

A final recommendation for the site should be made by the end of 2024. In the meantime, SaskPower says it will work extensively with Indigenous rights holders, communities, businesses and residents across the province.

With a price tag in the $3 billion to $5 billion range, SaskPower says introducing nuclear power to the province is far from a done deal and the final decision won’t come until 2029.

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