Belgium-based Tractebel Engineering, part of France’s Engie, has opened a new office in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, to support the small modular reactor (SMR) action plan. “By forging these partnerships, our engineers intend to contribute to the success of the SMR action plan, key to reducing CO2 emissions in the country,” Tractebel said
“We have ongoing projects with private industrial actors in Europe involving the use of SMR-based steam and hydrogen production to reduce manufacturing processes’ CO2 emissions. This experience can help Canada’s heavy industry benefit from SMRs’ industrial applications to decrease their carbon footprint.”
Todd Smith, Ontario’s Minister of Energy said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Tractebel to Ontario, a provincial energy industry renowned for its talented workforce and strong nuclear supply chain. We know the world is watching us when it comes to SMRs. This investment by Tractebel demonstrates that our clean energy advantage and reputation as a global hub for SMR expertise make Ontario an attractive place to do business and create jobs.” Vic Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade noted that Canada's first on-grid and off-grid SMRs are planned to be built in Ontario.
“We are delighted and honoured to open a permanent office in the Greater Toronto Area, which will give Tractebel the opportunity to provide tailored support for the construction of SMRs, a source of clean, safe and affordable energy that will contribute to shaping Canada’s low-carbon future,” said Denis Dumont, Tractebel’s Chief Nuclear Officer. “Our company intends to build bridges between the Canadian and European markets to help deliver SMR projects successfully, regardless of geographical location. We will leverage our European experience to support SMR deployment in Canada and export this first-of-kind expertise jointly with our Canadian partners to Europe. SMRs are gaining momentum, so let’s make it happen now.”