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PostPosted: Jul 29, 2010 9:09 am 
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'Fear factor' in nuke report: Norris;
Says gov't remains open-minded about right model for nuclear power generation

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
29 July 2010
James Wood

While a new study says nuclear power would be too costly for Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Party government believes it may yet be an affordable and attractive option for the province.

The government itself cited cost as one of the major factors when it closed the door on nuclear power for the next decade last December.

But SaskPower Minister Rob Norris dismissed a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report released this week that found nuclear power would be the most expensive option for Saskatchewan.

The CCPA report, written by Heath Packman, a staffer in the former NDP government, cited various studies to conclude that nuclear power would triple consumers' power bills without substantially decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

But Norris said there was "fear factor" involved in the report and accused it of being written with "a conclusion in mind."

"Certainly we remain open-minded about the nuclear option for energy in Saskatchewan," he said in an interview Wednesday.

Though the government itself raised concerns about cost in relation to a proposal from Bruce Power to build two 1,000 megawatt reactors in the province, there are "evolving business models" around nuclear energy, he said.

He cited the development of small reactor technology, which is not currently viable for power production.

"That would turn the assumptions within the models (the CCPA report) is using pretty drastically around," said Norris.

Premier Brad Wall has called for Saskatchewan to be "at the vanguard of research and development" of the technology for small reactors -- units generating in the area of 300 megawatts of power.

Despite the government's bullishness on nuclear power, Norris said its timelines haven't changed and there would be no nuclear power generation development in the province at least until 2020.


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I think AHWR300-LEU should be CALANDRIA'ised. That means light water coolant and Th-19.75%LEU fuel in half-meter bundles in an existing CANDU reactor. That will make an ideal small reactor with long burn up fuel lasting 7-9 years. The older designs would be cost effective with no share of initial development costs, other than trials of new coolant and fuel in an old reactor.
Russians may be willing to provide the 19.75%LEU. They downblend HEU for US reactors.


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