One of my loyal and informative readers pointed me to an interesting site that describes itself as follows –
Energy-TV, the first ever news magazine style program that focuses on Canada’s energy resources sector.
The site is new, and one of their first shows is a segment featuring Hank Swartout talking about using Canadian nuclear reactors to produce steam for a process called steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) which is used for producing some of the oil out of tar sands in Alberta.
Very interesting information, especially the part where Mr. Swartout described why he wished there was a smaller reactor available on the market.
There is also an interesting statement about the insurability of nuclear power – apparently there are places where Price-Anderson type arrangements do not exist, yet private insurance is readily available due to quantifiable and reasonable risks.