MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Candu Energy's Enhanced CANDU 6®
(EC6®) reactor has successfully completed its third and final
pre-licensing vendor design review by the Canadian Nuclear Safety
Commission (CNSC). According to the Executive Summary released today, the CNSC Pre-Licensing Vendor Design Review confirmed
that there are no fundamental barriers to licensing the EC6® design in
"The EC6 represents the future of nuclear power generation," said Frank
Yee, Candu Energy's Chief Nuclear Engineer. "The EC6 design builds on
the proven features of the CANDU 6®, with the addition of the latest
safety, industry and technological innovations and advancements. The
successful completion of the CNSC's review process marks the next
chapter of nuclear power in Canada. The EC6® can provide Canadians with
safe, reliable power for generations to come."
The objective of a pre-licensing vendor design review is to verify, at a high level, the acceptability of a nuclear power
plant design with respect to Canadian regulatory requirements and
expectations. In Phase 3, the focus was on a more detailed review of
selected areas of study, including the application of state-of-the-art
design and safety analysis methodologies, research and development
related to new design and analysis, and lessons learned from events at
Fukushima. Through its review, the CNSC has concluded that Candu Energy
has taken into account Canadian regulatory requirements and
expectations. CANDU® is the only nuclear technology to have
successfully completed all phases of pre-licensing review by the CNSC.
"As well as providing confidence in the EC6 design at home, the
successful design review opens up opportunities for international
CANDU® sales," said Ala Alizadeh, Candu Energy Senior Vice President,
Marketing & Business Development. "The CNSC review can serve as the
reference for international regulators to accelerate licensing in their
Candu Energy is currently pursuing international new build opportunities
in Argentina, Romania, China and the United Kingdom.
The construction of twin EC6 reactors would fuel tremendous economic
benefits, delivering more than 20,000 jobs and injecting billions of
dollars into the local economy.
The CNSC had previously completed the EC6 Phase 2 Pre-Project Design
Review in April 2012.
About the Enhanced CANDU 6
The Enhanced CANDU 6 (EC6) is a 700MW Class Generation III reactor based
on the highly successful CANDU 6 reactor with a number of safety
enhancements to meet the latest Canadian and international standards.
It uses natural uranium fuel, heavy-water moderator and heavy-water
coolant in a pressure tube design. It can be refueled on power and has
one of the highest lifetime capacity factors among the world's
reactors. It is ideal for small and medium electric grids, and benefits
from the CANDU 6 experience of proven design, construction and
Candu is a leading full-service nuclear technology company providing
nuclear power reactors and nuclear products and services to customers
worldwide. Our 1,400 highly skilled employees design and deliver
state-of-the-art CANDU® reactors, carry out life extension projects,
provide plant life management programs and tools, and offer operation
and maintenance services for existing nuclear power stations.
CANDU reactors supply approximately 50% of Ontario's electricity and 16%
of Canada's overall electricity requirements. Internationally, they are
an important component of clean air energy programs on four continents
with over 22,000 megawatts of installed capacity. Candu Energy Inc.
develops products to deliver safe, reliable, affordable and CO2-free energy with a view to the future, while meeting the global nuclear
industry's highest safety and regulatory standards.
Candu is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX: SNC).
SOURCE: Candu Energy Inc.
For further information:
Candu Energy Inc.
905-823-9040 ext. 37349
1-855-815-0533 / 905-403-7401