The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries hosts a delegation from Haiyan County on December 5, 2014

December 16, Pickering Ontario - The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) hosted a delegation of senior officials from Haiyan County, China on December 5, 2014 at its offices in Pickering. The delegation was led by Ms. Hu, Yanping, Vice Mayor of the Peoples Government of Haiyan County, and included officials from the Town Government of Haiyan County and the Haiyan Commerce Bureau. The visit was part of ongoing collaboration as set out in the MOU between the Haiyan Nuclear Power Related Industrial Alliance and OCI signed in Beijing on April 17, 2014 during the OCI-led Canadian Nuclear Trade Mission to Haiyan Region and Beijing from April 11 to April 18, 2014.

The discussions focused on Haiyan County’s plans to establish an international nuclear power college and university in Haiyan to educate and train nuclear engineers and technologists needed to support the rapidly expanding nuclear power program in Haiyan region and other parts of China for which Haiyan is centrally located.

Canadian participants in the one day meeting, along with OCI President Dr. Ron Oberth, included leaders from the University Network for Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE), the CANDU Owners Group (COG), the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Candu Energy Inc. and OCI company Stern Laboratories of Hamilton. Dr. Victor Snell of UNENE and Professor Brent Lewis, Dean of the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science at UOIT, presented several options for how UNENE and UOIT could work with Haiyan officials in initially developing and delivering a two-year diploma program to enhance nuclear systems knowledge of nuclear plant operations and maintenance staff currently working at Haiyan’s seven nuclear power plants, including two CANDU plants at Qinshan phase 3. The two-year diploma program could then be expanded into a four year university degree program once accreditation for a Haiyan nuclear university is received from the central People’s Government in Beijing.

In addition to discussions centered on nuclear education, Dr. Dezi Yang, SVP China Account and Justin Hannah, Director External Relations at Candu Energy provided an update on the Advanced Fuel CANDU Reactor (AFCR) project in Haiyan including the positive outcome of recent Chinese Expert Panel review of the AFCR design and the signing of a Framework Agreement on November 10, 2014 in Beijing between Candu Energy and China National Nuclear Corporation to advance the AFCR project in Haiyan region. The AFCR Project will create opportunities for Canadian suppliers to form joint ventures with Haiyan companies that would supply equipment and services in support of this project. The AFCR project is aimed at expanding China’s uranium fuel resources by burning recycled uranium and thorium based fuels at this unique CANDU plant.

According to meeting organizer Dr. Ron Oberth “in addition to clarifying Haiyan County needs in the nuclear education area the one day meeting strengthened the friendships among the participants which will be key as both sides work toward specific areas of future collaboration”. “I was also pleased that Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster met with is Haiyan counterpart Vice Mayor Ms. Hu Yanping to discuss the importance of close working relationships between nuclear plant owner / operators and their host communities, whether in Canada or in China” added Ron.

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http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C-China-and-Canada-expand-cooperation-1011147.html

http://www.candu.com/en/home/news/mediareleases/NewphaseofCanadaChinanuclearenergy.aspx

Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) is an association of 190 Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry that employ more than 10,000 highly skilled and specialized engineers, technologists and trades people. 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.

Contact:
Dr. Ron Oberth, President, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries
905 839 -0073 or 647 407 6081, ron.oberth@oci-aic.org

Ms. Marina Oeyangen, Manager Member Services, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries
905 839 -0073 or 905 706 5958, marina.oeyangen@oci-aic.org