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Canada / BWXT Wins Contract For €34m Bruce-3 Fuel Channel Maintenance Project

By David Dalton
11 September 2020

BWXT Wins Contract For €34m Bruce-3 Fuel Channel Maintenance Project
The Bruce-3 nuclear power plant in Ontario, Canada. Courtesy Bruce Power.
Bruce Power and BWXT Canada are collaborating on several projects to advance Ontario’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery programme, including an estimated CAD55m (USD41m, €34m) contract for BWXT to perform fuel channel maintenance on Bruce Power’s Unit 3 nuclear reactor.

The Bruce-3 life extension project is scheduled to be carried out in 2021. Once complete, it will extend the life of Unit 3 to 2023, when Bruce Power is scheduled to start the unit’s major component replacement project. For BWXT, a key supplier in the nuclear energy industry of critical components, fuel, services and medical isotopes, the Bruce-3 life extension project is the fourth major project of its kind to have been carried out by the company in the past 12 years.

The two companies also announced that the first “Made in Ontario” steam generator, built by United Steel Workers, for the Bruce-6 major component replacement project has been shipped from BWXT’s plant in Cambridge to Bruce Power.

BWXT will manufacture 32 steam generators for Bruce Power’s major component replacement projects. This manufacturing contract, originally awarded in 2016 and extending through 2030, represents the largest and longest standing contract ever signed by BWXT Canada.

Last month, Bruce Power, Isogen and BWXT signed a memorandum of understanding to advance feasibility work for a made-in-Ontario partnership for the production of medical isotopes to meet the growing demands of health-care providers in Canada and internationally.

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