Canadian Nuclear Technology Contributes to China's Clean Energy Growth Plans

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Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today welcomed the signing of an agreement between Canada's SNC-Lavalin and China National Nuclear Corporation to implement advanced fuel technology in the two CANDU reactors currently ...
By MarketWatch
Monday, June 12, 2017

BEIJING, China, Jun 6, 2017 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Deepening Canada's clean technology relationship with China is a priority for the Government of Canada, and Canada's nuclear industry can play a key role in helping China meet its climate change objectives while creating new business opportunities and jobs for middle-class Canadians.

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today welcomed the signing of an agreement between Canada's SNC-Lavalin and China National Nuclear Corporation to implement advanced fuel technology in the two CANDU reactors currently operating in China. The technology will enhance the operating life of the reactors, improve reactor safety margins and allow for the introduction of recycled uranium fuel into the reactor starting in 2018.

The Government of Canada recognizes the enormous potential of the Chinese market and is making concerted efforts to show that Canada is open for business and ready to take its trade relationship with China to the next level. Minister Carr is leading a delegation of more than 50 representatives from Canadian energy, forestry and clean technology companies, Indigenous organizations and provincial governments on a seven-day mission to China to generate new trade and investment opportunities and showcase the diversity of Canadian talent, innovation and expertise.

The nuclear supply agreement announced today is another step forward in a relationship between SNC-Lavalin and Chinese partners that will continue to grow as China pursues plans to build 100 or more new reactors in the coming decades.

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world. With offices in over 50 countries and about 35,000 employees, SNC-Lavalin teams provide engineering, construction and management services to clients in oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure and power.

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"Canada is known around the world as a stable, reliable and cost-effective supplier of energy resources, technology and services, and our government will continue to promote our expertise in clean and safe nuclear power. Canada's commitment to expanding its energy partnership with China includes a focus on nuclear energy, an area in which we have enjoyed long-standing and fruitful relations."

Jim Carr Canada's Minister of Natural Resources

"SNC-Lavalin is pleased to take the next step forward toward alternate fuels for existing CANDU reactors. Our technology advancements, coupled with our partnerships with the Chinese nuclear industry will ensure safe and efficient low-carbon energy for China for decades to come."

Preston SwaffordChief Nuclear Officer and Executive Vice-President, NuclearSNC-Lavalin

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News Release

June 15, 2017 – Ottawa

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to renew New Brunswick Power Corporation’s (NB Power) Nuclear Power Reactor Operating Licence for the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS), located on the Lepreau Peninsula, NB. This decision was made following a two-part public hearing held on January 26, 2017 in Ottawa, ON and on May 9–11, 2017 in Saint John, NB. The licence will be valid from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2022.

In making its decision, the Commission considered submissions from NB Power and 94 intervenors, as well as CNSC staff’s recommendations.

CNSC staff will report annually on the performance of the PLNGS at a public Commission meeting where members of the public will have the opportunity to intervene.

The Summary Record of Decision is available in both official languages on the CNSC website at nuclearsafety.gc.ca or by contacting the CNSC Secretariat. A detailed Record of Decision will be published on the CNSC website at a later date. Hearing transcripts can be obtained on the CNSC website or by contacting the CNSC. The hearing webcast is available on the same site for 90 days.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment; to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

 

Quick Facts

  • NB Power owns and is licensed to operate the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station

  • NB Power also operates a nuclear waste management facility at the station

  • The CNSC has full-time staff onsite who perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions

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