ATS lands $60 million in new Bruce Power orders

CAMBRIDGE — ATS Automation Tooling Systems has landed a $60-million contract for specialized tools destined for the Bruce Power refurbishment project.
By Brent Davis
Friday, June 29, 2018

CAMBRIDGE — ATS Automation Tooling Systems has landed a $60-million contract for specialized tools destined for the Bruce Power refurbishment project.

The Cambridge-based company will design and construct automated component removal tools that will allow hundreds of fuel channels and calandria tubes to be safely removed remotely from the reactors that are being updated.

It's the latest significant order that ATS has received for work related to the multi-year project at the Bruce nuclear plant near Kincardine designed to prolong its life through 2064.

 

In December 2016, ATS signed a contract worth at least $40 million for the supply of automated tooling systems and related services. Last fall, the company broke ground on a facility at its Cambridge campus where its tooling systems will be thoroughly tested on an exact replica of some of the Bruce Power reactor infrastructure.

"ATS' uncompromising commitment to the highest safety and quality standards, extensive knowledge of the nuclear industry, proven automation methodologies, and intense customer focus are the reasons why customers, such as Bruce Power, repeatedly choose ATS," chief executive officer Andrew Hider said Friday in a news release.

The new order includes enhanced testing and spare replacement parts for the tools. The work is expected to span the next 18 months. Similar ATS systems are also being used in refurbishing the Darlington nuclear station.

Several Cambridge firms are involved in the Darlington and Bruce projects, including Aecon Group and BWXT Canada, which has earned hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts to supply components such as steam generators and critical heat exchangers.

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