AECL Awarded Preventative Maintenance Contract For Qinshan Power Plant In China

    First commercial sale of CANDU Services' SYSTMS software tool

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)
is pleased to announce that its CANDU Services group has been awarded a
five-year contract by the Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Company (TQNPC) for the
development of a preventative maintenance program for the two CANDU 6 Qinshan
units located in Zhejiang, China.
    The agreement includes the use of the new SYSTMS(TM) (SYStematic approach
for the development of Strategies for Maintenance and Surveillance) software
tool designed by AECL, and will set the foundation for a program that will
serve the Qinshan power plants for the remainder of their 40 year design life
and beyond.
    SYSTMS is a fully integrated, user-friendly software tool that helps
plant operators to improve maintenance, surveillance and inspection practices,
as part of an improved equipment reliability program. This is the first
commercial sale of the SYSTMS product.
    "AECL is committed to the success of CANDU plants worldwide, including
all stages of their life cycle," says CANDU Services' Vice President Michael
Ingram. "This sets the stage for future sales of SYSTMS to other CANDU
customers to provide a more efficient and user-friendly way of enhancing plant
reliability and assuring a long service life for CANDU plants. It will also
help maintain CANDU's position as one of the best performing reactors in the
    The agreement includes three-phases, the first of which is a training and
preparation phase relating to plant life management conducted from AECL's
Mississauga, Ontario facilities. The second is an on-site engagement phase,
during which AECL will conduct tests and implement the results. The final
phase involves consultation support, including the signing of the SYSTMS
software license and maintenance agreement for four years.

    About CANDU Services

    AECL's CANDU Services offers high-quality products and services to help
CANDU plants achieve success. The CANDU Services team has unparalleled
knowledge of CANDU technology, global experience and extensive project
management expertise. Our large suite of advanced engineering tools is key to
every project we undertake. We partner with industry leaders to develop
effective solutions to increase safety, optimize performance and extend plant
life-helping to reduce operations and maintenance costs, and improve capacity

    About AECL

    AECL is a full-service nuclear technology company providing services to
nuclear utilities around the world. Established in 1952, AECL is the designer
and builder of CANDU technology.
    AECL specializes in a range of advanced nuclear-energy products and
services that are an important component of clean-air energy programs on four
continents. AECL's 4,700 employees provide research and development, support,
design and engineering, construction management, specialized technology,
refurbishment, waste management and decommissioning in support of CANDU
reactor products. More information on AECL, CANDU Services and CANDU
technology can be found at

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