Aecon Group and SNC-Lavalin Group announced that Shoreline Power Group, a joint venture between Aecon (55%), SNC-Lavalin (30%) and United Engineers & Constructors (15%), has been awarded an approximately $400 million contract by Bruce Power to execute the Unit 3 Fuel Channel and Feeder Replacement (FCFR) at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Tiverton, Ontario.

“We are proud of the progress that has been made by Shoreline Power Group to successfully execute FCFR work on Unit 6, and the award of Unit 3 further strengthens our long-term partnership with Bruce Power to continue advancing the MCR program,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, president and CEO, Aecon Group Inc. “We look forward to working with Bruce Power and our partners to deliver this important project safely and with unwavering execution performance. As part of the Steam Generator Replacement Team (SGRT), Aecon is also currently contracted to replace steam generators at Units 3, 4 and 6. We are pleased to play a critical role in extending the operating life of the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station to 2064 through these projects – providing clean, reliable, low-cost energy to Ontarians for decades.”

In 2018, the JV was awarded the first FCFR contract for the refurbishment of Unit 6. Both projects support Bruce Power’s Life Extension Program that will allow its CANDU units to continue to operate safely through to 2064.

“This new refurbishment work on Unit 3 is a continued vote of confidence by Bruce Power in our abilities as the OEM and steward of CANDU nuclear technology,” said Sandy Taylor, president, Nuclear, SNC-Lavalin. “We will continue to leverage our deep technical knowledge base, decades of CANDU experience and innovation to confidently fulfill the refurbishment needs for this reactor as we have been doing now for several years on Unit 6.”

The scope of work under the contract encompasses all necessary planning and execution activities for the reactor refurbishment. Planning will commence shortly in preparation for the outage scheduled to start in 2023 when the actual work to remove and replace the reactor related components — 480 fuel channels and calandria tubes, 960 end fittings — will be performed.  In addition, the team will also remove and replace 980 feeder pipes targeting a project completion in 2026. The JV is also responsible for the operations of the complex, robotic tooling required for the work, and the management and training of the full workforce.

“We are making this significant contract award with the confidence that the members of the Shoreline Power Group have demonstrated the experience and commitment to safety, quality and innovation to successfully deliver this key part of our Life Extension program,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO.

Featured image: Shoreline Power Group JV has been awarded fuel channel and feeder replacement contract for Unit 3 at Bruce Nuclear Generating Station (CNW Group/Aecon Group Inc.)

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