AECL issues $15 million in contracts to Canadian manufacturers

    - CANDU qualified suppliers begin work on ACR-1000 nuclear reactor

    OTTAWA, May 4 /CNW/ -  Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) has signed
contracts with 18 Canadian manufacturers to build components for its Advanced
CANDU(R) Reactor(R) (ACR-1000(R)) to ready the reactor design for domestic and
international sale. Contracts issued total nearly $15 million.
    Speaking to delegates at the Building and Construction Trades Department
(BCTD) Annual General Meeting in Ottawa today, AECL President & CEO, Hugh
MacDiarmid, explained how AECL was working with Canadian manufacturers to
ensure suppliers are ready for future CANDU reactor builds.
    "The ACR is Canada's newest version of our highly successful CANDU power
reactor and will be our premier offering to the domestic and international
marketplace", said Mr. MacDiarmid. "To date, AECL has invested more than $500
million to bring us to this point, and now we're working closely with our
suppliers to help validate and finalize the ACR design."
    MacDiarmid cited a recent Conference Board of Canada study that estimates
if AECL and its Team CANDU partners were to build four reactors here in Canada
and a further eight internationally, it would generate close to 500,000
person-years of new jobs for Canadians
    "Canada's CANDU nuclear industry is creating much needed work for our
manufacturing sector," added MacDiarmid, "and the millions of dollars in work
we have committed to suppliers to date is just the tip of the iceberg as it
will increase dramatically with global CANDU reactor sales."
    According to MacDiarmid, Canada's manufacturing and construction
industries have a tremendous opportunity to benefit from the global nuclear
revitalization: "This is about thousands of highly skilled, well paying,
long-term jobs, and in these economic times, we need to uncover opportunities
for Canada's workforce."
    The CANDU qualified manufacturers working on the ACR-1000 component
qualification include Nu-Tech Precision Metals of Arnprior, Ontario, who will
manufacture a series of seamless CANDU calandria tubes and B.C. Instruments of
Schomberg, Ontario, who are producing feeder connections. These, and other
suppliers including Sulzer Pumps Canada Inc. of Burnaby, B.C., and Contro
Valve Inc. of Brossard, Quebec, join AECL's growing supply chain of almost 700
companies, including the 120 members of the Organization of CANDU Industries.
These CANDU qualified suppliers are ready for the resurgence of the CANDU
nuclear industry.
    "This initial work on the ACR-1000 has helped to secure many more months
of work for the thousands of Canadian workers employed by these suppliers,"
says MacDiarmid, "proving that we are on the threshold of a
once-in-a-generation opportunity for Canada's manufacturing and construction
    AECL is finalizing details for an additional $10 million in component
qualification contracts to be awarded to Canadian manufacturers.

    About the ACR-1000

    The ACR-1000 is Atomic Energy of Canada's evolutionary, Gen III+(*), 1200
MWe-class pressure tube reactor. It is a light water cooled, heavy water
moderated pressure tube reactor derived from the well-established CANDU line.
    The ACR-1000 retains the well-proven features of the CANDU plant design
such as a modular, horizontal fuel channel core, a low-temperature heavy water
moderator, water-filled vault, two independent diverse shutdown systems,
on-power fuelling, simple fuel design and reactor building accessibility for
on-power maintenance.

    (*) Gen III+ is the classification given to nuclear technologies by the
    US Department of Energy, applying to reactor designs that feature
    enhanced safety, economics and operability. The ACR-1000 is one of the
    technologies considered to be a Generation III+ design.

    About AECL

    Atomic Energy of Canada Limited 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, including the
CANDU 6, one of the world's top performing reactors. AECL's 5,000 employees
deliver cutting edge nuclear services, R&D support, design and engineering,
construction management, specialized technology, refurbishment, waste
management and decommissioning in support of CANDU reactor products.

    Are you CANDU qualified? Suppliers interested in becoming CANDU qualified
can do so at


    CANDU qualified suppliers working on ACR-1000 component verification
process include:

    1.  Invar Manufacturing                10. MDC Research Inc.
        Batawa, Ontario                        Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
    2.  Cameco Fuel Manufacturing Inc.     11. Cameco Fuel Manufacturing Inc.
        Cobourg, Ontario                       Port Hope, Ontario
    3.  B.C. Instruments Inc.              12. Velan Inc.
        Schomberg, Ontario                     St. Laurent, Quebec
    4.  Summit Controls Ltd.               13. CPC Pumps International
        Sarnia, Ontario                        Mississauga, Ontario
    5.  Babcock & Wilcox Canada            14. Contro Valve Inc.
        Cambridge, Ontario                     Brossard, Quebec
    6.  Sulzer Pumps (Canada) Inc.         15. Advanced Process Design/
        Burnaby, British Columbia              Fab.Ltd.
    7.  Laker Energy Products Ltd.             Woodbridge, Ontario
        Burlington, Ontario                16. Dylis Innovative Systems Inc.
    8.  GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada       Mississauga, Ontario
        Inc.                               17. Stern Laboratories Inc.
        Peterborough, Ontario                  Hamilton, Ontario
    9.  SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc.           18. NU-Tech Precision Metals
        Oakville, Ontario                      Arnprior, Ontario

For further information:

For further information: Dale Coffin, Director, Corporate
Communications, AECL, (905) 403-7457

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