MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Candu Energy Inc. joins Atomic
Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) and the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA)
today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of nuclear power generation in
On June 4th, 1962, in Rolphton, Ontario, the Nuclear Power Demonstration
(NPD) reactor began supplying electricity to the Ontario grid,
producing enough electricity to power 10,000 homes. Today, CANDU®
nuclear reactors supply 15 % of Canada's safe, clean, and reliable
electricity, and almost 60% in Ontario alone.
"NPD played an important role in Canada's nuclear power development,"
says Frank Yee, Candu's Chief Nuclear Engineer. "It was the prototype
for CANDU technology - the first heavy-water power reactor in the
world. The NPD design incorporated all the basic characteristics of
CANDU design that are still utilized today: natural uranium fuel,
separate heavy water moderator and coolant, and a multi-channel
horizontal pressure tube reactor core that allows refuelling with the
reactor in operation." NPD operated until 1987.
In the past 50 years, Canada has grown its CANDU nuclear fleet to
include 20 reactors. Internationally, they are an important component
of clean air energy programs on four continents with over 22,000
megawatts of installed capacity.
Today, Candu Energy continues the proud CANDU tradition by developing
the newest generation of reactors. In May, the Canadian Nuclear Safety
Commission (CNSC) completed Phase 2 of a Pre-Project Design Review of
the Enhanced Candu 6 ® (EC6®) reactor. "The CNSC has determined in this
Phase 2 stage of their review that overall, the design intent of the
EC6 complies with their regulatory requirements and expectations," said
Yee. "With this achievement, our Generation III EC6 has completed the
key step for licensing consideration of a nuclear power plant in
Candu is a leading full-service nuclear technology company providing
nuclear power reactors and nuclear products and services to customers
worldwide. Our 1,400 highly skilled employees design and deliver
state-of-the-art CANDU® reactors, carry out life extension projects,
provide plant life management programs and tools, and offer operation
and maintenance services for existing nuclear power stations.
Candu is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX: SNC).
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