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Featured: CANDU® Impact

Fuel Pellet

A BWXT employee holds a sample fuel pellet produced at the Toronto facility. 

BWXT Canada Ltd. (BWXT Canada) operations have secured nearly CA$859 million in large contracts so far in 2018. These contracts cover a wide range of work for the CANDU® industry including engineering services, field services and component supply for Ontario’s nuclear refurbishment projects.

Most recently, BWXT Canada announced it has been awarded a contract valued at approximately CA$642 million from Bruce Power to design and supply 32 steam generators for Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement (MCR) Project. This steam generator contract represents the largest contract ever to be awarded to BWXT Canada and will secure many jobs in both engineering and skilled labor in Cambridge, Ontario through 2030.

In March, BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada (BWXT NEC), a subsidiary to BWXT Canada, announced it was awarded a CA$168 million, five-year contract extension to manufacture fuel for Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Darlington and Pickering nuclear generating stations – a deal that extends BWXT NEC’s current fuel manufacturing arrangement with OPG to the end of 2023. BWXT NEC has been manufacturing fuel for OPG since the early 1970s, when the first fleet of Pickering (28 element fuel) reactors came online. Later, BWXT NEC manufactured fuel for the Bruce and Darlington reactors (37 element fuel) as they came online throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. Today, and for the past 17 years, BWXT NEC has been the sole fuel manufacturing supplier to OPG, providing both 28 and 37 element fuel bundle designs.

In February, BWXT Canada was awarded contracts valued at approximately CA$30 million from Bruce Power to design and supply 13 critical heat exchangers as part of Bruce Power’s asset management program. These heat exchangers will serve various functions, including maintaining safe reactor temperatures during reactor shutdown conditions and removing decay heat from the spent fuel storage bays. They are being designed and manufactured in BWXT’s Cambridge facility.

And earlier in February, BWXT NEC announced it had been awarded a CA$18.6 million, four-year contract to manufacture zircaloy-4 seamless tubes for Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica SA (SNN), which operates the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant in Romania. BWXT has been producing tubes for CANDU® fuel for over 40 years and is a qualified supplier to Canadian and international markets. The tubes are produced at BWXT’s Arnprior, Ontario tubing operation.

The CANDU® nuclear industry in Ontario is thriving thanks to the life extension programs at Bruce Power and OPG’s Darlington station, and the benefits are being felt across BWXT’s Canadian locations. BWXT is well positioned for the work already secured and to continue supporting its valuable customers with excellence in safety, quality and innovation.