Bruce Power, Framatome sign MoU for safety-related Life-Extension Program updates
Friday, November 30, 2018
Bruce Power today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Framatome valued at $18.7 million covering a range of innovations and new activities, including operational improvements for its nuclear reactors. These innovative modernizations, planned for Bruce A and Bruce B, are an important component of the facility’s Life-Extension Program, which will allow the plant to continue operating through 2064.
“Our work with Framatome helps to advance Bruce Power’s operations in delivering clean, reliable, low-cost electricity to Ontario businesses and families,” said Mike Rencheck, President and CEO, Bruce Power. “Our Life-Extension Program, which remains on time and on budget, is creating and sustaining 22,000 jobs across the province annually, and injecting $4 billion into Ontario’s economy each year.”
Framatome will design and implement Bruce Power’s filtered containment venting systems, a safe technology that helps to control the build-up of excessive pressure while safely releasing hydrogen and capturing fission products. Once fully installed and tested, these innovations will mitigate offsite planning needs and enable longer-term operational improvements.
Framatome will also support Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program through services for transformers and other high-voltage components as a part of the high-voltage maintenance program, and will remain a key player on the steam generator replacement team to replace steam generators at Unit 6 of the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station.
“This MoU demonstrates the core role that Framatome’s state-of-the-art safety technology plays in helping the existing nuclear plants extend their operating lifetimes,” said Gary Mignogna, President and CEO of Framatome in North America. “We are pleased to build on our longstanding partnership with Bruce Power.”
In order to execute these improvements, Framatome expanded its office facility near Kincardine to continue to support Bruce Power in its Life-Extension Programs and other nuclear-related activities.
About Bruce Power
Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Learn more at http://www.brucepower.com/ and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
Framatome is a major international player in the nuclear energy market focused on designing, building, maintaining and advancing the global nuclear fleet. In North America, Framatome Inc. combines U.S. and Canadian leadership to deliver innovative solutions and value-added technologies to support the operation of the commercial nuclear fleet and prepare for the next generation of nuclear power plants. Leveraging the expertise of its 2,300 North American employees, Framatome Inc. is helping its customers improve the safety and performance of their nuclear plants and achieve their economic and societal goals.
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Framatome is owned by the EDF Group (75.5%), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI – 19.5%) and Assystem (5%).