PICKERING, ON, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - The Organization of CANDU Industries
(OCI) emphasizes the importance of a successful restructuring of AECL.
"Despite a promising starting position, Canada is rapidly losing ground
in a nuclear renaissance worth trillions of dollars and our industries
are suffering unnecessarily," said OCI President Dr.Neil Alexander.
"While the restructuring has been taking place, it has been difficult
for potential CANDU opportunities to advance. This has resulted in a
decline in orders for manufactured components and as a result,
specialized Canadian machine shops are idle and skilled workers are
being stood down."
Opportunities for CANDU technology sales exist right now and it is
important that the outcome of the restructuring facilitates those sales
and does not divide the technological capability in an unsustainable
way. Here in Canada, the Province of Ontario has made it abundantly
clear that it wishes to negotiate for the purchase of new CANDU
reactors but is unable to do so because of this process. Firm export
opportunities are under threat as a result of the uncertainty, as well
as a number of opportunities where CANDU would have a good chance of
being selected if the uncertainty did not exist.
"The ongoing uncertainty is a real challenge to the industry and the
Government should act swiftly to resolve the situation," said Dr
Alexander "if there is still a process with compliant bidders it must
be advanced and if not, some mechanism must be found to allow CANDU
negotiations to take place with potential customers such as the
Province of Ontario."
The Organization of CANDU Industries (OCI) represents more than 160
Canadian companies supplying goods & services for CANDU reactors in
domestic & export markets.
SOURCE Organization of CANDU Industries
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