Advanced Small Modular Reactors
Small reactors, big opportunity
NB Power, with support of ARC Clean Technology Inc. (ARC), is planning the construction and operation of one advanced small modular reactor (SMR) at the NB Power property on the Lepreau Peninsula in New Brunswick, to the west of the existing Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS). The project will involve site preparation, construction, operation, and eventually decommissioning of the SMR and supporting infrastructure at the property. The ARC SMR is a modular, sodium-cooled fast reactor that will generate at least 100 megawatts of electricity for the electrical grid. The unit is expected to connect to the New Brunswick grid in 2030 and operate for 60 years.
Before it can proceed, NB Power must register this proposed project for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) with the provincial Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG).
In addition to the provincial EIA process, the Project is also subject to nuclear licensing requirements under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA). The Government of Canada has a mature and robust regulatory framework under the NSCA, supported by specific regulations that apply to the entire life cycle of a nuclear power plant. All aspects of nuclear energy in Canada are regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for the lifetime of the facility. The first step of licensing by the CSNC is the Licence to Prepare Site.
- Generate at least 100 megawatts of clean, low-carbon electricity to support the New Brunswick grid and move towards NB Power’s target of being net-zero by 2035.
- Provide a stable and reliable energy source that can meet the growing electricity needs of New Brunswickers while also having the flexibility to adjust to varying energy requirements.
On June 30, 2023, NB Power submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) registration document to the Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG), and a Licence to Prepare Site Application to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
NB Power expects to develop strategic partnerships to support the construction and operation of the advanced small modular reactor. These partnerships will be designed to foster accountability, transparency, and long-term sustainability, while facilitating the realization of the project’s potential benefits. The Licence to Prepare Site Application to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) document is available here (in English only).
The Environmental Impact Assessment registration document is available at the following link: NB Power - ARC Clean Technology.
If you would like more information on the development of SMRs in New Brunswick, please go to smrnb.ca. If you have specific questions regarding this project, please reach out to Alexandra Woodworth at firstname.lastname@example.org