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An analysis commissioned by the state company concludes that restarting the Gentilly-2 plant is possible.

Nuclear: 'We're not closing the door,' admits Hydro-Québec

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Dave Rhéaume, executive vice-president, energy planning and customer experience, at Hydro-Québec .

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As the Canada Energy Regulator anticipates, Hydro-Québec is “not closing the door” to nuclear energy and believes that there is “an avenue” to produce electricity from uranium after 2035. A report on the potential for reopening the Gentilly-2 power plant rekindles the debate. p>

The vice-president responsible for energy planning at Hydro-Québec, Dave Rhéaume, confirms the information reported by Radio-Canada on Tuesday. We were told that the site would be able to be put back into service, he said.

The Gentilly nuclear power plant -2, which has been shut down for 12 years, would thus be an option for the state company which is seeking to increase its electricity production. But be careful: By 2035, that is not part of the plan.

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The report submitted to Hydro-Québec concludes that following the visit to the facilities, no major barrier was identified to prevent the restart of the Gentilly-2 power station and that “the addition of capacity on the site could be possible, subject to further studies.

The nuclear sector, in several analyses, will be part of the solution in the long term. […] We are closely following the issue of small modular reactors, which is a promising new technology. This will perhaps be part of the energy future in Quebec and Canada.

A quote from Dave Rhéaume, Executive Vice-President, Energy Planning and Customer Experience, at Hydro-Québec

According to the scenarios of the Canadian Energy Regulator, Quebec will restart its nuclear energy production in 2036 and it will grow rapidly to reach four times the volume produced at the time of Gentilly-2.

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Small modular reactors (SMRs), which do not yet exist, could produce up to 300 megawatts of electricity each.

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It's seen as a more flexible solution than the big centers hydroelectrics, says Dave Rhéaume. They could be placed in strategic locations, with a secure environment around.

According to the Canadian Nuclear Association, PMRs are a good option for powering isolated communities, for example First Nations who use fossil fuels for their electricity and heating needs. Isolated industrial sites, such as mines, could also benefit.

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The Gentilly-2 power plant in Bécancour has been shut down since 2012. Pierre Finet fears that the bill being prepared by the Legault government will make it possible to install such reactors not only on the Gentilly site, but almost everywhere, in the form of an electricity purchase contract between a supplier and an industrial customer.

Expect there to be a lot of them if we let them. […] It's a disaster that is in the making.

A quote from Jean-Pierre Finet, analyst at the Regroupement des organisms Environnemental en Énergie

The Quebec Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, has cited PRMs as an example more than once.

According to the Liberal parliamentary leader, Monsef Derraji, this information justifies the importance of a national discussion on energy: The future of energy does not belong to the couple François Legault-Pierre Fitzgibbon, it belongs to all Quebecers.

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Monsef Derraji, parliamentary leader of the PLQ.

The Liberal Party of Quebec also wrote to Hydro-Québec on Tuesday to demand the publication of the complete report on the potential for reopening of Gentilly-2, prepared by AtkinsRéalis, the new name of SNC-Lavalin.

The Liberals did not want to say whether they are for or against the return of nuclear energy production in Quebec.< /p>

The mayor of Bécancour, where the Gentilly-2 power plant is located, said she was extremely surprised by the conclusions of the commissioned analysis by Hydro-Québec.

Lucie Allard maintained and repeated that the information we have at the municipal council, at the Bécancour City Hall, is that the nuclear power plant is irreversibly closed.

When announcing the end of operations in 2012, Hydro-Québec estimated the cost of repairing its power plant at $4.3 billion.

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