For more than 60 years, SRC has actively engaged with the nuclear industry on numerous fronts. Our work encompasses research to improve analyses and processes, project management and on-the-ground work with industry throughout each stage of the production cycle.
Exploring Uranium Deposits
SRC helps industry to efficiently and effectively identify new prospective resources for economic development by:
- developing mineral exploration tools, metallogenetic concept
- providing geological, mineralogical, geochemical and geophysical analyses
- conducting interpretations and modelling finds
SRC has also long supported environmental protection studies and assessments, including hydrocarbon and radionuclide contamination of surface materials (soil and water) and impacts on ecosystems (forests and wildlife).
Mining Uranium Deposits and Milling Uranium Ore
In Saskatchewan, both open pit and underground mines have been developed in the Beaverlodge and Athabasca Basin regions. SRC has been involved in the mining phase by providing geological analyses and interpretations, as well as instrumentation and electronics applications for underground mining.
We have helped clients develop, manage and improve their mill processes since the 1950s through mineralogical, groundwater/hydrogeology and quaternary geological investigations and pilot plant studies.
Nuclear Fuel Processing
In both Saskatchewan and Ontario, SRC helps uranium mining companies in the nuclear fuel processing phase with environmental compliance and sustainability.
SRC is currently decommissioning its SLOWPOKE-2 nuclear reactor, which has operated without incident during its 38 years of operation. This is the only nuclear reactor that has existed in Saskatchewan to date.
SRC is currently managing Project CLEANS, the clean up of 37 abandoned uranium mine and mill sites in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin region. This includes the decommissioning and reclamation of uranium mine and mill sites and the clean up of waste rock dumps and tailings.
Our technical work in this area includes environmental analytical monitoring and studies, hydrogeology, bedrock geology, mineralogy and data analysis.
Small Modular Reactors
Saskatchewan is well-positioned to pilot both small- and large-scale small modular reactors, and provide additional supporting work. Successfully pursuing this initiative requires numerous players to be involved. SRC is capable of leading this pursuit, with many years of both lab and field experience.