Canada and UK Governments Sign Agreement on Nuclear Energy Cooperation

The Organisation of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) today welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Governments of Canada and the United Kingdom to enhance co-operation in the field of civil nuclear energy.

By OCI News Release
Monday, June 29, 2015

Pickering, ON – June 29, 2015 – The Organisation of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) today welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Governments of Canada and the United Kingdom to enhance co-operation in the field of civil nuclear energy. The MOU, signed by Canada’s High Commissioner Gordon Campbell and Lee McDonough, Director, Office of Nuclear Development for the UK Department of Climate Change represents a significant milestone that will both broaden and deepen the linkages between the nuclear industries in both countries.

“We have a shared history of nuclear power development beginning with the development of natural uranium fueled heavy water reactors such as the UK’s Winfrith SGHWR : and this MOU provides a springboard for further cooperation and investment in the reinvigorated UK nuclear sector” said OCI President Dr. Ron Oberth.

The MOU encourages and facilitates collaboration among respective government agencies, regulatory authorities, uranium mining companies, nuclear utilities, and research and academic institutions in the following areas:

Uranium exploration and supply;

Reactor design, construction, operation and decommissioning;

Alternative fuel cycles that supportthe safe and proper disposition of legacy material;

Workforce skills development within academic institutions, suppliers and operators;

Joint R&D projects.

The signing took place at the start of OCI’s first “Canada - UK Nuclear Suppliers Industry Day” hosted by the Canadian High Commission at Canada House in central London at which more than a dozen Canadian nuclear suppliers and nuclear agencies shared their experience and interest in collaboration with more than 45  representatives of the UK’s nuclear industry.  An important and timely focus of the Industry Day was on Candu Energy’s CANMOX™ proposal for the safe and efficient reuse of the UK’s civil plutonium and recovered uranium stockpiles which have the potential to power more than 500,000 UK homes for at least 60 years while providing long term, high quality employment opportunities for UK workers.

“OCI companies are committed to working with the UK nuclear supply chain on the implementation of the CANMOX solution making this a true “UK-Canada project” with widespread benefits for the UK manufacturing and construction sectors” said Dr. Oberth. “The UK-Canada MOU signed today is a key step in enabling this and other projects related to the provision of safe, reliable and affordable nuclear power”.

 

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Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) is an association of more than 180 Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry that employ more than 12,000 highly skilled and specialized engineers, technologists and trades people. OCI companies design reactors, manufacture major equipment and components, and provide engineering services and support to CANDU nuclear power plants in Canada as well as to CANDU and Light Water Reactor (LWR) plants in offshore markets.

Contact:

Dr. Ron Oberth, President, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries

905 839 -0073 or 647 407 6081, ron.oberth@oci-aic.org.

Ms. Marina Oeyangen, Manager Member Services, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries

905 839 -0073 or 905 706 5958, marina.oeyangen@oci-aic.org

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