AECL Provides Status Report on NRU Reactor



    CHALK RIVER, ON, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is
extending the outage of its National Research Universal (NRU) reactor, at its
Chalk River facilities, to complete the installation of safety-related
equipment. AECL places the highest priority on the safe operation of its
facilities, and is committed to returning NRU to operation as soon as
possible.
    NRU entered a regularly scheduled maintenance shutdown on November 18. A
decision was made to remain in shutdown and make the modifications required
for the installation of two new motor starters for the reactor cooling pumps,
and to connect the motors to an additional back-up power supply. Safety was
never compromised, and NRU operated safely up to the point of the current
outage.
    "AECL recognizes the important role NRU plays in the supply and delivery
of medical isotopes to patients around the world", said AECL's Senior
Vice-President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Brian McGee. "We understand that
patients will be impacted by this development and we are focused on completing
the work procedures as quickly as possible."
    The company is in regular contact with its regulator, the Canadian
Nuclear Safety Commission, as well as its key customers who rely on the NRU
reactor.

    About AECL

    Atomic Energy of Canada Limited 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 including the
CANDU 6, one of the world's top-performing reactors. AECL's 4,800 employees
deliver cutting edge nuclear services, R&D 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: Dale Coffin, Director, Corporate
Communications, AECL (Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd), T: (905) 403-7457,
www.aecl.ca

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