CALGARY, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - Energy Alberta Corporation (Energy Alberta) is
pleased to announce that it has filed an Application for a License to Prepare
Site with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
"This is an historic moment for Canada, for Alberta and for the Nuclear
power industry," says Wayne Henuset, President and Co-Chairman of Energy
Alberta Corporation. "We are proud to be pioneers in bringing the benefits of
clean, safe, reliable nuclear power to Alberta."
Energy Alberta has teamed with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) to
bring proven CANDU(R) nuclear technology to Alberta. The application is for
siting up to two twin-unit ACR-1000(R) Advanced CANDU Reactors(R). Energy
Alberta will initially build one twin-unit ACR-1000 that will ultimately
produce a total net 2,200 MW of electricity with a targeted in-service date of
"This filing, the License to Prepare Site, is the first of many steps in
getting licenses to build the plant," said Mr. Henuset. "Building a nuclear
power facility is a long and rigorous process. This is the beginning of a
public and regulatory process that will include environmental, health and
safety assessments. Public consultations will be an essential component of the
The site that has been chosen is on private land adjacent to Lac
Cardinal, approximately 30 km west of the town of Peace River, Alberta. This
location was chosen after months of engaging the community.
Energy Alberta has chosen the Peace River region as its preferred site
because of the demonstrated support from the community, existence of essential
infrastructure and support services, and technical feasibility.
Mr. Henuset added, "We must also congratulate all of the municipalities
from the regions of Whitecourt and Peace River for their outstanding display
of leadership throughout this period. Everyone should be very proud of how
their elected officials have represented them over the last several months."
"On behalf of the Town of Peace River and all of our municipal
neighbours, we welcome Energy Alberta to our community," stated Lorne Mann,
Mayor of the Town of Peace River. "We understand that this is just the
beginning of a lengthy process and we welcome the chance to become more
informed on nuclear energy. With today's announcement, Wayne Henuset, Hank
Swartout and the rest of the Energy Alberta team have given our region an
opportunity for a more vibrant, exciting and sustainable future."
The ACR-1000 is a Generation III+, 1200 MWe class nuclear power plant
built on the pedigree and proven success of AECL's CANDU nuclear technology.
The ACR-1000 incorporates 80 per cent of the technical specification from the
proven CANDU 6 design such as a modular, horizontal fuel channel core, a
low-temperature heavy-water moderator, waterfilled vault, two independent
diverse shutdown systems, on-power fuelling and a reactor building accessible
for on-power maintenance.
AECL's Chief Operating Officer Ken Petrunik, commented, "We are very
pleased to be partnering with Energy Alberta to bring the ACR-1000 to Western
Canada. The ACR-1000 is a made-in-Canada solution that we believe is the best
choice for Alberta in terms of safety, proven performance and project
Energy Alberta understands that the project to build new reactors will be
subject to review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and it
welcomes a thorough environmental assessment. Energy Alberta also acknowledges
and appreciates the efforts of the CNSC in clarifying requirements.
About Energy Alberta
Energy Alberta is a privately held entity, incorporated in Calgary in
October 2005. Its principals are Wayne H. Henuset and Hank B. Swartout.
Energy Alberta's mission is to become a responsible provider of safe,
reliable, cost-competitive, low-emission electricity to the Alberta power grid
and oil sands developments using nuclear technology. Energy Alberta believes
that nuclear power can effectively supplement current fossil fuel power
generation while offsetting greenhouse gas emissions.
Note to Editors:
There will be press conferences held in Calgary, Peace River and
Whitecourt on Tuesday, August 28th. Details are as follows:
Calgary: Tuesday, August 28 @ 10:00 a.m. - Hotel Arts, Azul Room
Peace River: Tuesday, August 28 @ 2:00 p.m. - The Peace Valley Inn,
Whitecourt: Tuesday, August 28 @ 5:00 p.m. - Whitecourt
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