UUSA to supply fuel for innovative new nuclear project in Canada
29 November 2023
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has selected Urenco USA (UUSA) to provide uranium enrichment services required to fuel up to four first-of-a-kind reactors in Canada.
Under the agreement, UUSA will deliver enriched uranium product to fuel up to four GE-Hitachi BWRX-300 SMRs expected to be constructed at a site adjacent to the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.
OPG becomes Urenco’s first commercial customer for enrichment services in Canada and is the also the first customer to sign a long-term fuel supply agreement for a small modular reactor.
The Darlington site is 70km east of Toronto and is currently responsible for generating over 20% of Ontario’s electricity, enough to power two million homes.
Urenco’s Chief Commercial Officer Laurent Odeh and Head of Sales Kirk Schnoebelen met OPG’s President and CEO Ken Hartwick to commemorate the new agreement during the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris, France on November 29.
Laurent said: “New nuclear technology will play a vital part in both the decarbonisation of electricity and the strengthening of energy security around the world.
“Urenco has the knowledge and experience to play a leading role in the supply of enriched uranium for the reactors of tomorrow and is proud to be a supplier for this innovative and exciting project in Canada with our newest customer, OPG.”
OPG President and CEO, Ken Hartwick, said: “Access to clean energy at large scale is becoming a key determinant of a country’s competitiveness and security.
“Because of our leadership in nuclear generation and supply chains, Ontario and Canada are well-positioned to work with companies from like-minded ally nations to send an important message to the world that a safe, secure, clean global energy system is achievable through nuclear power.”
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About Urenco USA
Urenco USA (UUSA), operated by Louisiana Energy Services, LLC, is the only operating commercial enrichment facility in the United States. Located in southeastern New Mexico, UUSA plays an essential role in the nuclear fuel supply chain. Our focus is on providing safe, cost-effective and reliable uranium enrichment services for power generation within a framework of high environmental, social responsibility, and corporate governance standards.
UUSA is operated by a dedicated U.S. workforce and regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). UUSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Urenco Enrichment Company Limited, an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products for the civil nuclear industry, serving utility customers worldwide who provide low carbon electricity through nuclear generation.
As a leader in the nuclear industry, and with over 50 years of expertise in uranium enrichment, Urenco is well-positioned to provide the enrichment services needed to support the latest advancements and innovations in nuclear fuel production. Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and, nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.
As one of North America’s largest, most diverse electricity generators, OPG invests in local economies and employs thousands of people across Ontario and the US. OPG and its family of companies are leading the development of new clean technologies, refurbishment projects, and electrification initiatives to power the growing demand of a clean economy. Learn more about how the company is advancing these initiatives while prioritizing people, partnerships, and strong communities by reading OPG’s Climate Change Plan, Reconciliation Action Plan, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) strategy.
Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.
With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.
Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.