Bruce Power has signed $914 million in advanced manufacturing contracts for its major component replacement, which gets underway in 2020 and will allow the site to provide low-cost, carbon-free electricity to Ontario through 2064.
The Major Component Replacement (MCR) Project agreements include:
- $642 million to BWXT Canada Inc. for the manufacturing of 32 steam generators to be produced at BWXT’s Cambridge facility;
- $144 million to Laker Energy Products for end fittings, liners and flow elements, which will be manufactured at its Oakville location;
- $62 million to Cameco Fuel Manufacturing, in Cobourg, for calandria tubes and annulus spacers for all six MCRs; and
- $66 million for Nu-Tech Precision Metals, in Arnprior, for the production of zirconium alloy pressure tubes for Units 6 and 3.
Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program, which started in January 2016 with asset management program investments and includes the MCRs on Units 3-8, remains on time and on budget.
”By signing these contracts, we have secured ‘Made in Ontario‘ solutions for the components we will need to successfully complete our MCR Projects, extending the life of our site to 2064,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “We look forward to growing our already excellent relationships with these supplier partners and unions as we work toward our common goal of continuing to keep Canada’s largest infrastructure project on time and on budget. By extending the life of Bruce Power’s reactors to 2064, the company will create and sustain 22,000 jobs annually, both directly and indirectly, across Ontario, while investing $4 billion a year into the province’s economy. At the same time, Bruce Power will produce 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 per cent less than the average cost to generate residential power, while also producing zero carbon emissions.”
The Bruce Power refurbishment is the largest public sector infrastructure project currently under development in Canada, carrying an overall project cost of $13 billion. The 15-year refurbishment project will see work carried out on six of its eight CANDU reactors, which produce a combined 6,300 megawatts.