Proposed nuclear facility – Global First Power Micro Modular Reactor Project

Global First Power (GFP) is seeking CNSC approval for a licence to prepare the site for a micro modular reactor (MMR) at the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) site in Renfrew County, Ontario, approximately 200 kilometres northwest of Ottawa.

The proposed project includes a nuclear plant that contains a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor to provide approximately 15 megawatts (thermal) of process heat to an adjacent plant via molten salt, which will generate electrical power and/or heat over an operating lifespan of 20 years.

A CNSC licence is required under subsection 24(2) of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA) in order for the project to proceed. However, an environmental assessment (EA) is required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) before the Commission can make an NSCA licensing decision.

Licensee: Global First Power
Reactor type: High temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR)
Owner: Global First Power
Number of units: Up to 1 reactor
Installed capacity: Up to 15 MW(t)
Status: Application under review
Licensing documentation: Request a copy of GFP’s licence application by emailing
Facility website: Global First Power

Latest news

  • In March and April 2021, GFP submitted management system documentation in support of its application for a licence to prepare a site for a small modular reactor on Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s property at the CRL site.
  • On May 6, 2021, the CNSC determined that this documentation and GFP’s plan for additional submissions were sufficient to begin the technical review as part of the licensing application process. Watch this web page for future updates.

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