OTTAWA, June 26, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's
Minister of Natural Resources, today announced that the Government of
Canada has selected the Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA) as the
preferred bidder to manage and operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
(CNL), a subsidiary of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL).
CNEA represents a group of experienced nuclear engineering and
management firms, including: CH2M HILL Canada Limited, Fluor Government
Group - Canada, Inc., EnergySolutions Canada Group LTD., SNC-Lavalin
Inc., and Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Canada Ltd. CNEA was selected as
the preferred bidder through a rigorous competitive procurement process
that followed best practices in fairness and transparency.
The Government and CNEA will now finalize the contract for the
management of CNL. CNL will continue fulfilling AECL's core mandate to
deliver: on waste and decommissioning responsibilities, nuclear
expertise to support federal responsibilities, and services to users of
the Laboratories on commercial terms.
The restructuring of AECL is one of several measures the Government has
taken to strengthen Canada's nuclear industry. Others include investing
$325 million to revitalize research infrastructure at CNL, modernizing
nuclear liability legislation and opening the doors to trade
opportunities for nuclear energy in the fastest-growing energy markets
in the world, including in China and India.
The Government of Canada places the highest priority on safety, security
and environmental protection in all aspects of Canada's nuclear sector
and has ensured that the independent regulator, the Canadian Nuclear
Safety Commission, has the resources it needs to deliver on its
Canada's nuclear industry accounts for 30,000 high-quality jobs and
helps make Canada's electricity supply among the cleanest in the world.
Nuclear power generates close to 15 percent of Canada's electricity,
including more than half the electricity supply in Ontario.
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories employs about 3,300 people, most of them
at Chalk River Laboratories in eastern Ontario.
"Our government is demonstrating support for jobs and growth in nuclear
energy by investing in science and technology, advancing trade
opportunities and maintaining a world-class safety regime. Today's
announcement marks the conclusion of a six year process enhancing the
efficiency and prosperity of the Canadian nuclear industry."
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
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