Promation sets new delivery standards for Darlington RFR project

OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 6, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, Promation Nuclear Ltd. is pleased to ship a multimillion dollar tooling system to Ontario Power Generation's Darlington site, ahead of time and under budget. 

The Accessibility Platform Trolley (APT), which provides nuclear workers with access to inspect the CANDU reactor calandria during refurbishment, is a landmark project – one in a series of key deliveries to the SNC-Lavalin/Aecon Joint Venture (JV), in support of Darlington Retube & Refurbishment (RFR), Canada's largest green energy project.

"The APT is one of the first major tools that will be deployed in the field, following defueling and bulkhead removal," said Mark Zimny, President, Promation Nuclear. "The whole Promation team is committed to doing its part to ensure the RFR project goes smoothly. We are proud to deliver this important tooling system ahead of schedule. Promation is setting an example for all RFR and other related major industry projects to be ahead of delivery and under budget."

The APT is made up of a series of eight modules which are each individually lowered into the fuelling duct through the bulkhead opening onto the fueling duct rails where they are then joined in pairs and driven into location using remote HMI controlled drives. Once in position, the four pairs are connected to create a solid working platform beneath the calandria for workers to access and safely perform their functions.

"This successful delivery of the APT system is a great example of what can be achieved when companies work as a team," said Preston Swafford, Chief Nuclear Officer and Executive Vice President, Nuclear for SNC-Lavalin, speaking on behalf of the JV. The entire nuclear industry is committed to the success of the Darlington RFR project." Once complete, the four Darlington CANDU reactors will produce safe, reliable, affordable and low-carbon energy for Ontario for another 30 years. A study conducted by Intrinsik Environmental Science, showed continued operations of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station will remove the equivalent of two million cars from Ontario's roads annually.

Promation, which employs 80 people in its Oakville facility, is also working on several other important tools for the project, including the bellows replacement toolset, annulus spacer retrieval toolset and calandria tube insert (CTI) release tooling.

"We are very proud of Promation Nuclear for its stellar performance in surpassing schedule and cost targets in developing and delivering an innovative platform trolley system for the Darlington Refurbishment Project" said Dr. Ron Oberth, President and CEO of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI). "Promation is a leading example of the more than 160 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Ontario that are dedicated to the success of the Darlington and Bruce life extension projects."

The Darlington refurbishment project is a large part of Ontario's clean energy equation bringing energy to the province until 2055. OPG expects this will also bring $89.9 billion in economic activity for the province; an independent report conducted by the Conference Board of Canada, shows household consumption should increase by $39.7 billion as a result of this refurbishment project.

To mark the occasion, Promation is hosting an event in Oakville, Ontario with guests from SNC-Lavalin, Aecon and OPG. Representatives will be available for media interviews.

Where: Promation Nuclear Ltd.

2767 Brighton Road, Oakville
ON , L6H 6J4

Date: December 06, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. 

About Promation

Promation is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality tooling, automation, and robotic systems. Supported by its 4 divisions: Nuclear, Automotive, Industrial, and Defence, the corporation delivers custom engineered solutions to its global customers.

About the SNC-Lavalin/Aecon Joint Venture

The Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment project will add $14.9 billion to the provincial economy, as well as 8,800 jobs for the project's duration. The SNC-Lavalin/Aecon JV has worked on the definition phase of the project for four years, and will now carry out the execution phase of the refurbishment project. Under the JV agreement between Aecon and SNC-Lavalin, Aecon will provide primarily construction and fabrication services to the JV, while SNC-Lavalin will focus on specialty tooling and engineering.  Project management and procurement will be provided jointly by Aecon and SNC-Lavalin. Over 400 JV employees are involved in this exciting zero-emissions energy project.

SOURCE Promation

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For further information: Media inquiries: Promation, Atif Khan, Associate Project Manager, 905-625-6093, x309,; SNC-Lavalin, Louis-Antoine Paquin, Manager, Media Relations, 514-393-8000 x54771,; Aecon, Nicole Court, Director, Corporate Affairs, Phone: 416-297-2600 ext. 3824,

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