If your company wants to get in on this nuclear thing, you should probably attend

There are four major events that take place in the Saskatchewan oilpatch calendar – the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Show in Weyburn, Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show, Williston Basin Petroleum Conference (all held every two years), and the annual SIMSA Energy Forum. And today, Sept. 20, is the last day to register before the price goes up. The current price is $275 per person, and will go up to $525 on Sept. 21.

The Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA) and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade and Export Development are presenting the 9th Annual Saskatchewan Suppliers’ Energy Forum on October 4th, 2023 at the Delta Hotel in downtown Regina.

Registration info can be found here.

As a procurement conference, there’s an emphasis on letting companies know how to they can become vendors for larger companies. In this case, that’s oil and gas, but also nuclear and power.

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The forum has evolved over the years, and this year there is a heavy emphasis on nuclear development. The afternoon presentations include Cameco, OCNI, GE Hitachi, Westinghouse and X-energy, all nuclear power developers. And there’s a very good reason for this. The Saskatchewan government has clearly indicated that federal regulations, in particular the Clean Electricity Regulations, will force this province to abandon not only coal-fired power, but also natural gas-fired power, if they are fully implemented. Those two, combined, often account for 84 per cent of Saskatchewan’s power production, and occasionally as high as 87 per cent. And yet federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault is in New York this week telling the world we will have a “clean electrical grid” in 11 years, three months and 10 days from now. As Saskatchewan has limited hydro-electricity potential, both the provincial government, and SaskPower, have indicated that we’re going to have to build nuclear power.

And how much of that nuclear power continues to grow, as the previous SaskPower Minister, Don Morgan, initially said in the spring of 2022 we were considering four small modular reactors. But by August, 2023, he indicated it could be as many as nine. And two days later, Premier Scott Moe told Pipeline Online the province isn’t sure how many reactors will be built, but they are now considering 1,000 megawatt reactors. Coupled with all of this, Saskatoon-based Cameco last October purchased 49 per cent of Westinghouse, which builds nuclear reactors. That company also happens to offer a 1,000 megawatt-class reactor called the AP1000.

How does all of this come together for the SIMSA conference? SIMSA has been tasked by the provincial government to work on assembling a nuclear supply chain in this province. And if we do go heavy into nuclear, there are billions of dollars to be spent. Thus, any company wanting to get in on the action should seriously consider joining the organization, and attending these conferences, including the one on Oct. 4. Those presentations will be on how to get involved with procurement for each of those companies.

In addition to the nuclear focus, this event will also have presentations from Crescent Point Energy Corp., Federated Co-operative Limited, Cenovus and SaskPower (including non-nuclear development).

The sold-out trade show will also have a heavy oil and gas component.

 

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