By Shane Lasley
Mining News 

A nuclear option for mines in the North

Westinghouse's eVinci microreactor could serve as a zero-carbon battery to power northern mines and communities North of 60 Mining News – May 6, 2022

 

Last updated 6/2/2022 at 2:38pm

Winter view of the Diavik diamond mining operation in NWT, Canada.

Rio Tinto

The Diavik mine in Canada's Northwest Territories requires an estimated 1.5 million gallons of diesel per year for generators that produce the 19 to 26 megawatts of electricity to power this iconic diamond mine. eVinci microreactors could eliminate the need to deliver fuel to power this arctic operation.

What if remote mines and communities across Alaska and Canada's North could plug into batteries the size of cargo containers that could deliver multi-megawatt levels of zero-carbon electricity for at least eight years without needing a charge?

This is the type of power source Westinghouse Electric is delivering with its eVinci microreactor, a 5-megawatt-electrical power module expected to gener...



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