Canada’s Terrestrial Energy said on 4 May that it had signed an engineering services contract with Hatch to support deployment of the Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The scope of the agreement includes support for engineering, component procurement, project and construction management, and power plant cost estimation relating to the development and construction of an IMSR power plant. Services will be provided by a team of Hatch engineers based in Ontario.
Hatch is a global employee-owned engineering, project management, and professional services firm with headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario. Its engineering expertise covers a comprehensive range of technical and strategic project services, including project definition, architecture, engineering, digital solutions, procurement, project and construction management, and commissioning. Amar Jolly, Global Director, Nuclear Power at Hatch, said Terrestrial Energy’s IMSR, a Generation IV small modular reactor, “has the potential to displace carbon-intensive energy sources and play an important role in Canada’s clean energy transition”.
The 400MWt (190MWe) IMSR power plant operates at high temperatures (600°C) and is 50% more efficient than traditional reactors. It uses a graphite moderator, and standard assay low-enriched uranium fuel with the same level of enrichment (less than 5% U-235) as in conventional nuclear plants.