Canada’s Nuclear Industry Travels to China to Deepen its Presence in World’s Fastest Growing Nuclear Market

From April 4 to April 11, representatives of Canada’s nuclear industry will be talking business in Beijing, China with that country’s leading nuclear organizations.
By OCI News Release
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

From April 4 to April 11, representatives of Canada’s nuclear industry will be talking business in Beijing, China with that country’s leading nuclear organizations.

China is the world’s fastest growing market for nuclear energy’s zero-emission solutions. Escalating air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are the reason, largely from coal-fired power generation, as China’s urban and middle class growth are driving up electricity demand at a pace beyond other parts of the world.

To achieve the Chinese government’s goal of 15% of total electricity generation being emission-free by 2020, nuclear energy’s share of the mix must increase from its current two percent level to five percent. This new build increase on its own is equivalent to the output of ten Darlington generating stations, one of which currently powers more than one fifth of Ontario homes and industries.  

Organized by the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI), and joined by Parliamentary Secretary of Natural Resources Kim Rudd (MP Northumberland), the trade mission of 17 Canadian organizations will engage in five intense days of targeted one-on-one meetings, technical presentations, events and tours. Activities are largely focused around the Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference 2016 where Canadian participants are leading several plenary and technical sessions, and the Nuclear Industry China 2016 Exhibition - an event historically visited by many high-ranking Chinese government officials.

“The Government of Canada is committed to meeting the global challenge of climate change as well as promoting clean energy innovation - not only as a means of reducing emissions, but of building a strong, sustainable economy for Canada into the future,” commented Kim Rudd, MP. “Nuclear energy will continue to play an important role in achieving Canada’s low carbon future, as it will in China’s future.”

Doing nuclear business in China is not new to Canada. It began over two decades ago, culminating in the completion – under budget and ahead of schedule - of the twin-unit CANDU (pressurized heavy water) reactor project at Qinshan Phase III site in 2003. Since then, there have been ongoing collaborations in the supply of uranium and CANDU fuel manufacturing technology, R&D, as well as specialized equipment and services.

What has changed in China in recent years is the competitive environment for doing nuclear business as the government there is calling for partners that will enable their mandate of developing a fully capable Chinese nuclear industry. In addressing this market challenge, Canadian companies bring distinct and proven competitiveness at working with local Chinese firms through their offerings of quality products, services integration, deliverability and technology transfer for both CANDU and Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) technologies.

Very significantly, Canada’s Advanced Fuel CANDU Reactor (AFCR) technology has the stand-apart ability to be efficiently fueled by recycled uranium and eventually by locally available thorium. This fuel flexibility is a highly desired feature for compliance with China’s closed nuclear fuel cycle program.  The AFCR is currently under joint development by SNC-Lavalin -Candu and the Chinese National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). Beyond China markets, these companies and their partners are working under agreements to jointly develop opportunities for export markets.

“The nuclear industry in Ontario is a cluster, and this means that almost all of OCI’s 190 members have a stake in the outcomes that the mission’s participants have set out to achieve across a full range of nuclear competencies,” commented OCI President Ron Oberth. “The sheer size of China’s overall nuclear construction program with its ten year, $120 billion investment could provide many additional opportunities for both CANDU and non-CANDU projects.”

 

Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) is an association of more than 190 Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry, which employ more than 12,000 highly skilled and specialized engineers, technologists and tradespeople. 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.

 

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Contact:

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

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

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

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

Jane Dalziel (Step Change Communications on behalf of OCI)

416-559-1633, jane@stepchange.ca

 

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