Delegation of Canadian Nuclear Suppliers returns from India with optimism on prospects for enhanced nuclear collaboration with India
Pickering, ON – October 20 - The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) and a delegation of 12 Canadian nuclear suppliers, including SNC/Candu Energy, B.C. Instruments, Cameco, Kinectrics, L-3 MAPPS, TAM International, TetraTech, CNL, CNP and CSA Group, returned on the weekend from a week-long trade mission to Delhi and Mumbai. The mission was supported by the Canadian High Commission in Delhi, the Canadian Consulate in Mumbai and the Ontario Government.
The trade mission was a direct result of the visit by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Canada in April of this year after which Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Harper issued a joint statement that “encourage(d) a collaborative program to leverage the respective capabilities of the Indian and Canadian nuclear industries in the field of Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor Technology – such collaboration would be for the benefit of both countries and would help meet the global need for clean, safe nuclear energy”.
Canada and India share a long and common heritage in the nuclear industry that began many years ago when the two acknowledged “fathers” of the nuclear industries in India and Canada, Dr. Homi Bhabha and Dr. Bennet Lewis, formed a close friendship when they were graduate students at Cambridge University. Out of that friendship grew the development of two very successful and innovative nuclear power programs based on heavy water reactor technology.
After 40 years of parallel and independent evolution of our respective heavy water reactor technologies, Canada and India now have an opportunity to work together again through the signing and implementation of the Canada-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement in 2012.
The Canadian delegation met with the Foreign Secretary and other senior Indian government officials along with several of the largest nuclear companies in India including Tata, Godrej, L&T, BHEL and Avasarala. “We were very impressed by the size and capabilities of the India companies we visited and see opportunities for collaboration among our respective supply chains particularly in deploying PHWR technology in developing economies that would benefit from mid-size CANDU/PHWR’s that use natural uranium vs enriched uranium fuel’ said OCI President and CEO Dr, Ron Oberth.
The delegation also participated in the signing of an MOU between the India Nuclear Society and the Canadian Nuclear Society; which took place at the offices of NPCIL. A cornerstone of this MOU is to share best practices and experience on how to effectively communicate the benefits of nuclear energy to the public we serve and whose support is vital to continued growth of our industry.
The Canadian delegation was pleased to welcome India’s Minister of State, the Honorable Shri Jitendra Singh and Dr. R. K. Sinha, Chairman of the India Atomic Energy Commission, at Canadian pavilion at the prestigious “Nuclear Energy India 2015” Conference and Trade Show in Mumbai.
In parallel Canadian and Indian industry delegates were invited to participate in the third meeting of the Joint Committee established under the India-Canada Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. The meeting identified several key areas of cooperation including joint research and development to be performed under a pending MOU between the Indian Department of Atomic Energy and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as well as enhanced sharing of PHWR operating experience.
The Nuclear Trade Mission also reinforced the unique relationship that exists between Ontario and India and helped to set the stage for Ontario’s planned Sustainable Development Trade Mission that will be led by Premier Kathleen Wynne in February 2016.
Private sector participants on the trade mission were supported by co-funding through DFATD’S “Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA)” program that helps associations and their member companies recover up to half of their costs of participating in international trade missions.
Canadian Delegates in front of the Canada Pavilion at the India Nuclear Energy Conference 2015.
Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) is an association of 180 leading Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry in Canada and the international marketplace. OCI member companies collectively employ more than 12,000 highly skilled and specialized people who manufacture major equipment and components and provide engineering services and support for CANDU and other nuclear power plants in Canada and around the world. OCI actively promotes the production of safe, clean and reliable nuclear base load electricity as a key part of a balanced electricity generation portfolio in Ontario, New Brunswick and Western Canada.
For more information contact:
Ron Oberth, President and CEO
Marina Oeyangen, Manager Member Services and Communications
Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries
905 839 -0073
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