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

April 17, 2018 Pickering, Ontario. The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) was pleased to lead a strong delegation of Canadian nuclear suppliers to the Nuclear Industry Conference in Beijing which is a bi-annual International exhibition of world nuclear suppliers.  The 30-person delegation had meetings with the country’s leading nuclear organizations and key industry stakeholders in Beijing during the week of March 26 – 30th.

China is the world’s fastest growing market for nuclear energy’s zero-emission solutions. 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.

“While Canada has benefitted from more than two decades of nuclear collaboration with China, it’s the potential of this Sino-Canadian relationship that is most impressive. Together, our two countries are key partners in the pursuit of new build projects in third countries, as well as the development of advanced reactor technologies”, remarked Parliamentary Secretary of Natural Resources Kim Rudd (MP Northumberland). “Those opportunities are among the reasons why our Prime Minister was in Beijing this past December, and why the Canada-China Joint Statement on Climate Change and Clean Growth recognizes the importance of nuclear cooperation and trade between our two countries. Deepening those ties across the entire nuclear supply chain will ensure we realize our shared clean-energy goals.”

Organized by the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) the trade mission of 15 Canadian suppliers engaged in five intense days of targeted one-on-one meetings, technical presentations, and tours. Activities were largely focused around the Nuclear Industry China 2018 Exhibition (NIC) - an event historically visited by many high-ranking Chinese government officials.

Trade mission delegates had high level meetings with China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) on the Cernavoda 3&4 project in Romania and with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) on the Atucha 3 project in Argentina. Delegates also had constructive discussions with China Nuclear Power Operations Technology Corporation (CNPO), China Nuclear Power Engineering Company (CNPEC), and Suzhou Nuclear Power Research Institute (SNPI).

What has changed in China recently is the government’s call to do business globally. The government is calling for partners that will enable their mandate for clean energy for a clean environment.  Canadian companies bring distinct and proven competitiveness at working with local Chinese firms through their offerings of quality products, services integration, on time and on budget delivery 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 OCNI’s 220 Canadian 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 OCNI President and CEO Dr. 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.”

OCNI would like to acknowledge the strong support for the trade mission provided by the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, by the Minister (Commercial) David Murphy, as well as by the Strategic Insights/Nicobar team.  The mission was co-funded by Global Affairs Canada through its “Global Opportunities for Associations” program (GOA).


Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is an association of 240 suppliers to the nuclear industry in Canada and abroad that employ more than 14,000 highly skilled and specialized engineers, technologists, and trades people. OCNI 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.

For more information contact:  

Dr. Ron Oberth, President and CEO, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries 905 839 -0073 or 647 407 6081,  

Ms. Marina Oeyangen, Director of Operations, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries: 905-839-0073 or 905-706-5958,


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