Candu Energy, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group and, Shoreline Power Group joint venture, and United Engineers & Constructors have been awarded a second fuel channel and feeder replacement contract, for Bruce Power’s nuclear unit

SNC-Lavalin has a 30 percent share in the project, valued at approximately CAD $400m.

In 2018, the joint venture was awarded the first FCFR contract for the refurbishment of Unit 6. Both projects support Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program that will allow its CANDU units to continue to operate safely through to 2064.

‘Decades of CANDU experience and innovation’

Sandy Taylor, president of nuclear at SNC-Lavalin said: “This new refurbishment work on Unit 3 is a continued vote of confidence by Bruce Power in our abilities as the OEM and steward of CANDU nuclear technology.

“We will continue to leverage our deep technical knowledge base, decades of CANDU experience, and innovation to confidently fulfil the refurbishment needs for this reactor as we have been doing now for several years on Unit 6.’’

The work administered under the contract encompasses all necessary planning and execution activities for the reactor refurbishment.

Planning will commence shortly in preparation for the outage scheduled to start in 2023 when the actual work to remove and replace the reactor-related components will be performed.

The team will also remove and replace 980 feeder pipes targeting a project completion in 2026. The joint venture is also responsible for the operations of the complex, robotic tooling required for the work, and the management and training of the full workforce.

‘Safety, quality, and innovation’

Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s president and CEO commented: “We are making this significant contract award with the confidence that the members of the Shoreline Power Group have demonstrated the experience and commitment to safety, quality, and innovation to successfully deliver this key part of our Life Extension program”.

Bruce Power is a low-cost electricity provider that delivers 30 percent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 percent less than the average cost to generate residential power.

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