AECL and SNC-Lavalin sign MOU on nuclear collaboration with Jordan's Atomic Energy Commission



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 28 /CNW/ - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)
and SNC-Lavalin are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) today in Amman, Jordan with the Jordan Atomic Energy
Commission covering a range of areas of cooperation designed to assist Jordan
in assessing the feasibility of the introduction of a CANDU(R) nuclear power
program based on the Enhanced CANDU 6(R) (EC-6) reactor.

    
    The MOU serves as a framework for collaboration on:
    -   Engineering and economic studies aimed at demonstrating the technical
        and economic feasibility of a CANDU nuclear power program in Jordan;
    -   Studies to assess infrastructure development requirements and a site
        selection process to assess construction feasibility of an Enhanced
        CANDU 6 reactor within Jordan's regulatory requirements; and
    -   Studies on fuel fabrication facilities, technology transfer, manpower
        training and ongoing support to ensure the potential use of Jordan's
        uranium resources in a CANDU nuclear power program.
    

    "This MOU launches a new and important chapter which could lead to
bilateral and multisectoral trade, investment and nuclear-related technology
cooperation between Jordan and Canada," said Ron Denom, President of
SNC-Lavalin International.
    "We are extremely pleased to be entering into an understanding with
Jordan and to partner with SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc. in playing a key role in
strengthening Jordan's preparations for a nuclear technology program," said
Dr. Ken Petrunik, President, CANDU Reactor Division, AECL. "AECL's EC-6
reactor is the ideal size for compatibility with Jordan's electricity grid,
and with its natural uranium fuel cycle and fuel conversion capability, the
EC-6 can help Jordan become more energy self-sufficient."
    "We are a proud partner along with AECL in this new initiative, and we
are confident our combined technical expertise will assist Jordanians in
meeting their growing energy needs," said Patrick Lamarre, Executive
Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and President of SNC-Lavalin Nuclear.
    The MOU extends over a period of three years from today.

    About SNC-Lavalin

    SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) is one of the leading engineering and construction
groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure, and
in the provision of operations and maintenance services. The SNC-Lavalin
companies have offices across Canada and in over 35 countries around the world
and are currently working in some 100 countries. www.snclavalin.com

    About AECL

    Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. is a full-service nuclear technology company
providing services to nuclear utilities around the world. Established in 1952,
AECL is the designer and builder of CANDU technology.
    AECL specializes in a range of advanced nuclear energy products and
services that are an important component of clean-air energy programs on four
continents. AECL's 5,000 employees provide research and development, support,
design and engineering, construction management, specialized technology,
refurbishment, waste management and decommissioning in support of CANDU
reactor products. More information on AECL and CANDU technology can be found
at www.aecl.ca.





For further information:

For further information: SNC-Lavalin, Media: Gillian MacCormack,
Vice-President, Global Public Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514)
393-8000, ext. 7354, gillian.maccormack@snclavalin.com; Investors: Denis
Jasmin, Vice-President, Investor Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514)
393-8000, ext. 7553, denis.jasmin@snclavalin.com; AECL, Dale Coffin, Director,
Corporate Communications, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, cell: (905)
302-9762, coffind@aecl.ca

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