EVAN KONAREK, Engineering Manager Nuclear Technology, Hatch Ltd
Evan is an Engineer in Hatch’s Nuclear Business Unit. He has over 8 years of experience in various capacities on a wide variety of design modifications and technical studies in the Nuclear Power Industry. His experience includes a number of projects related to innovative and emerging nuclear technologies. This has included a number of studies and conceptual design activities relating to the potential opportunities and mechanisms for the deployment of Small Modular Reactors, Nuclear Fusion, and nuclear waste management technologies. In this work he has interfaced with a number of technology vendors, government agencies, as well as interested site owners. In addition to nuclear technology experience Evan has been involved in various capacities on a number of design modifications at the major nuclear sites in Ontario (Chalk River, Bruce Power, and OPG sites).
Topic: Application of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMNRs) in the Oil Sands
Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMNRs) are an emerging class of Nuclear Reactor that are smaller and more flexible than conventional Nuclear Power Plants. Early analysis of SMNRs has shown that these reactors are well matched to the demand profile of oil and gas production, processing, and transmission, presenting a potentially viable, carbon-free supply of process heat and electricity. Many SMNR designs make use of innovative technology that allows them to provide high-grade heat while remaining flexible enough to integrate into either existing or new operations. Hatch introduces SMNRs and how they could be used to support the oil sands.
RYAN THON, Process Engineer in Training
Ryan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary in 2021. He is passionate about the energy and manufacturing industries, with a drive to accumulate additional knowledge about these rapidly evolving sectors. You can find Ryan spending his time in the mountains and hunting down the best craft beers in Alberta.
DIANA HAIKAL, Process Engineer in Training
Diana is a process engineer in the Hatch Oil & Gas business unit with a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. Her passions include RAM analysis, and CCS technologies. In her free time, she is outdoors enjoying what nature has to offer.
Topic: Carbon Capture Technologies and their Industrial Suitability
Some of the main contributors to the increase of CO2 concentration in the atmosphere come from industrial sources including power generation, coal-fired power plants, gas-fired power plants, natural gas processing, and refineries. The implementation of Carbon Capture technologies can play a big role in meeting the energy demand while reducing carbon emissions. Diana and Ryan, from Hatch, will introduce CO2 Capture Technologies and their industrial applications.