REGINA – On Sept. 28, the Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association’s (SIMSA) premier energy event took place, and it was sold out.

Sporting a new name, the event is now the 8th Annual Saskatchewan Suppliers’ Energy Forum. It was formerly known as the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Supply Chain Forum.

SIMSA executive director Eric Anderson said, “We ended up selling out the event.”

There were 280 people in attendance.

As for the trade show, he said, “It was all sold out well in advance.”

There was a small vendor tradeshow, presentations by energy company procurement persons, networking sessions.

Speakers included presenters already include Cenovus, Crescent Point Energy, Federated Co-operative Ltd., TC Energy and more.

New energy and storage industries were also highlight, with Proton Technologies and Prairie Lithium taking the stage.

Nuclear energy is in the news for Saskatchewan, with SaskPower announcing the week before that it had narrowed its selection for siting possibly two reactors to either the Estevan or Elbow areas. Nuclear power development therefore had a notable presence at the conference, both on stage and as attendees, from the companies and organizations involved.

Saskatchewan is getting serious about nuclear reactor development, as SaskPower announced in June it has chosen General Electric-Hitachi’s BWRX-300 design, a 300 megawatt model which closely corresponds in size with most of SaskPower’s remaining coal-fire units. That will allow for an eventual one-for-one replacement of coal with nuclear.

On stage, the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries and General Electric-Hitachi both had presentations. GE-Hitachi was chosen earlier this year as provider of SaskPower’s first four planned reactors, each 300 megawatts in scale. But also present were representatives from X-Energy, which has a 80 megawatt design, and Westinghouse, which has a five megawatt design known as eVinci. It’s reduced size is referred to as a “micro reactor.”

Of those four nuclear companies and organization, SIMSA is working with three of them, and developing a relationship with the fourth, in aligning Saskatchewan suppliers with their needs.

 

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