The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) Commends Hydro-Québec's Decision to Refurbish Gentilly-2 Nuclear Power Plant



    OTTAWA, Aug. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The CNA welcomes today's announcement to
refurbish Gentilly-2, the 675 megawatt nuclear power plant which began
operation in 1983 near Trois-Rivières on the south shore of the St. Lawrence.
    "I am very pleased that Hydro-Québec is moving ahead with the
reburbishment of Gentilly-2 which will allow the plant to continue operation
until 2040" said Murray Elston, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear
Association.
    "The Gentilly-2 nuclear reactor has provided essential, low-cost
base-load electricity supply for Québec and has served as a useful complement
to Hydro-Quebec's system based primarily upon hydraulic generation for over
25 years" said Mr. Elston.
    "Refurbishing Gentilly-2 by Hydro-Québec is part of the resurgence in the
renovation of existing nuclear reactors that we are currently seeing in Canada
both in New Brunswick and in Ontario. This renaissance of the nuclear industry
is resulting in increased economic activity through high paying jobs, a demand
for skilled labour, investment in research and development and education" said
Mr. Elston.
    Throughout the past 30 years, nuclear power has been and remains the
fastest growing source of large-scale electrical generation throughout
industrialized nations and provides 16% of the world's electricity. Nuclear
energy continues to provide clean, reliable and affordable electricity which
is essential to Canada's energy mix and climate change goals".
    "Worldwide, there are 34 nuclear reactors under construction and over
300 units being planned or proposed. Canada is well positioned to be a world
leader in the development of nuclear technology and has a very bright future
over many decades to come" said Mr. Elston.

    The Canadian Nuclear Association is a non-profit organization established
in 1960 to represent the nuclear industry in Canada and promote the
developments and growth of nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes. The CNA
has over 90 members including power utilities, labour unions, manufacturers,
uranium mining and fuel processing companies, engineering companies,
universities and associations.




For further information:

For further information: Claudia Lemieux, Director of communications and
media relations, Canadian Nuclear Association, (613) 237-4262, ext: 104,
lemieuxc@cna.ca


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