Canadian Nuclear Companies Complete Trade Mission to the UK and Romania

More than a dozen Canadian nuclear suppliers joined the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) on six day trade mission to the UK and Romania last week.

By OCI News Release
Monday, July 6, 2015

Pickering, ON – July 6, 2015 – More than a dozen Canadian nuclear suppliers joined the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) on six day trade mission to the UK and Romania last week. The highlight of the UK leg of the Trade Mission was the first “Canada - UK Nuclear Suppliers Industry Day” hosted by the Canadian High Commission at Canada House in central London on June 29 at which Canadian suppliers 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 SNC-Lavalin-Candu’s CANMOX™ proposal for the safe and efficient reuse of the UK’s civil plutonium and recovered uranium stockpiles.  The CANMOX proposal, based on the construction of four Enhanced CANDU6 reactors in the UK, would 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 both Canadian and UK workers. “OCI companies are committed to working with the UK nuclear supply chain on the CANMOX solution making this a true “UK-Canada project” said OCI President Dr. Ron Oberth.

The Industry Day was kicked off with the signing of a UK-Canada MOU on enhanced collaboration among Canadian and UK government agencies and nuclear companies in the field of civil nuclear energy. This MOU, signed by Canada’s High Commissioner Gordon Campbell and Lee McDonough, Director, Office of Nuclear Development for the UK Department of Climate Change, is a key step in enabling the CANMOX project and other projects related to the provision of safe, reliable and affordable nuclear power.

The OCI-led Trade Mission carried on to Bucharest, Romania where the Canadian nuclear team was invited to a July 1 Canada Day Celebration hosted by the Canadian Embassy. The highlight of the Romanian leg of the Trade Mission was the Canada-Romania Cernavoda 3/4 Supply Chain Partnering Workshop on July 2 organized by OCI and its Romanian counterpart ROMATOM (Romanian Atomic Forum Association).  The Partnering Workshop included an update on the planned Cernavoda 3/4 CANDU Project as well as presentations by Canadian and Romanian nuclear suppliers on their capabilities and experience along with discussions on their mutual interest in collaborating on the Project. The Trade Mission included visits to Romanian manufacturing facilities that will lead to partnering among Canadian and Romanian nuclear suppliers.

At the start of the Workshop OCI President Dr. Ron Oberth and Dr. Nelu Rotaru, President of ROMATOM, signed an MOU that outlines several ways that OCI and ROMATOM will work together in support of the Cernavoda 3&4 Project and in identifying opportunities on other nuclear projects in Canada and other countries on which OCI and ROMATOM companies can cooperate.  “OCI celebrates this MOU signing and looks forward to building a strong working relationship with the Romanian nuclear supplier community in ensuring that the planned Cernavoda 3&4 project will be completed on budget and on schedule and will create quality jobs in Romania and Canada” said OCI President Dr. Ron Oberth.

The combined UK/Romania Trade Mission was supported by co-funding from Global Opportunities for Associations” (GOA) program through which the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) encourages and supports trade associations in taking member companies into promising export markets.

 

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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 and 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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