Aecon Group Inc., AECOM and SNC-Lavalin subsidiary SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc. have together been awarded a $475 million fuel channel and feeder replacement (FCFR) contract from Bruce Power.
The contract for Unit 6 is the centrepiece of Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement Project.
The joint venture (JV) will work together under the banner Shoreline Power Group with SNC-Lavalin holding a 40% share in the project.
The project is in support of Bruce Power’s Life Extension Program which will allow Bruce Power’s CANDU units to continue to operate safely through to 2064.
The scope of work includes all necessary planning and executing activities for the reactor refurbishment.
Planning will commence immediately in preparation for the outage scheduled in 2020 when the actual work to replace the components will be performed, anticipating completion in the third quarter of 2022.
The JV is also responsible for the management of the complex, robotic tooling required for the work, along with full training of the workforce.
“The refurbishment will continue Bruce Power’s delivery of safe, reliable, affordable electricity to Ontario for generations to come at a time when clean energy is more important than ever before,” said Sandy Taylor, President, SNC-Lavalin Nuclear, in a media release.
The JV partners also signed a Preferred Supplier Agreement with Bruce Power under which the JV could be awarded similar contracts for the subsequent 5 Units.
“SNC-Lavalin will use what we already know from our deep knowledge base and decades of CANDU experience to confidently fulfill the refurbishment needs,” said Taylor.
Starting with Unit 6, the CANDU Reactors comprising Bruce Units 3 to 8 will be refurbished over the subsequent 16 years.
Each member of the joint venture will provide best-in-class resources to manage and execute the work, building on the project management and technical capabilities of SNC-Lavalin, the construction expertise of Aecon and the controls and planning depth of AECOM.