Energy Alberta has applied to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for a ‘license to prepare site’ at land near Peace River, in Alberta, Canada – an oil sands area.
The application is to site up to two twin ACR-1000 advanced Candu reactors, designed by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.
Energy Alberta plans to start with one twin ACR-1000, which could be up and running by early 2017, producing 2200MWe.
In April 2007, Canada's House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources recommended that no decision be made on using nuclear power to help extract oil from the country's oil sands until the consequences of the process are known and understood.
The ACR-1000 uses 80% of the technical specification from the Candu 6 design, such as a modular, horizontal fuel channel core, a low-temperature heavy-water moderator, water-filled vault, two independent diverse shutdown systems, and the possibility of fueling and maintenance during operation.
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