Organization of CANDU Industries extremely concerned by Infrastructure Ontario decision



    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - In response to an announcement made earlier
today by Infrastructure Ontario suspending the RFP process for new nuclear
power for Ontario, the Organization of CANDU Industries issues the following
statement.
    "On behalf of more than 30,000 workers in the CANDU nuclear industry,
many of whom are located in Ontario, we are extremely concerned by the
decision to delay the construction of new nuclear power plants in Ontario,"
said OCI's President Dr. Neil Alexander. "Ontario needs to make a decision
soon if Canada is going to be able to position itself to be a leader in the
nuclear renaissance. We need to get on with the marketing of CANDU plants
around the world so we can create the manufacturing jobs that this province so
desperately needs."
    "It is normal in a process such as this for a technology selection to be
made, followed by negotiations to finalize price and terms. We understand that
AECL was the only company with a compliant bid and submitted the best
proposal," said Dr. Alexander.
    "Ontario should have made a decision and sent an important statement to
the world that Ontario's nuclear manufacturers are open for business. The
member companies of OCI have invested heavily in this process and this delay
will cause some of them considerable financial difficulty, possibly even
bankruptcy. We look forward to hearing from the government about how they plan
to move forward to make a firm decision and ensure the security of Ontario's
future electricity supply."
    Minister Smitherman has already said that the restructuring of AECL is
not an issue. If this is now causing the delay, then we expect the federal and
provincial governments to work quickly to get this issue fixed.





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