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GE Hitachi wins Canadian order for small nuclear reactor

Deal marks first for Hitachi since 2011 Fukushima disaster

SMRs, such as GE Hitachi's BWRX-300, can be built faster than conventional reactors. (Source photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- An atomic power joint venture between Japan's Hitachi and General Electric of the U.S. says it has won an order to supply a small modular reactor to Ontario Power Generation, one of Canada's leading utilities.

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy did not disclose the value of the deal, which marks the first commercial order placed with a Japanese-affiliated company for a small modular reactor (SMR), a technology hailed by some as the next generation of nuclear power.

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