SNC-Lavalin and its joint venture partner Eclipse Automation Inc. have landed a $33 million production tooling contract to support Bruce Power’s fuel channel and feeder replacement (FCFR) project, the Canadian-based construction management company said.
The installation and inspection tools were designed and prototype-tested by SNC-Lavalin and Eclipse under an earlier agreement. Specialized tools are necessary to support the highly unique work of installing and inspecting calandria tubes and fuel channels used in CANDU reactors.
Manufacturing will take place in Mississauga at SNC-Lavalin’s Sheridan Park campus and at Eclipse’s Cambridge manufacturing facility. Delivery will be completed by September 2019.
The goal at Bruce Power is to extend the operating life of the facility to 2064. To that end, Bruce Power will create and sustain 22,000 jobs annually, across the province "while also delivering 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 per cent less than the average cost to generate residential power,” said John Soini, Executive Vice President of Finance and Commercial Services, Bruce Power.
The tools build on the successful field use of earlier tools, designed to improve efficiencies during the course of work. This includes inspection, conditioning and installation tools to prepare for and implement the calandria tube and fuel channel replacement.
The production tools will be operated by the Shoreline Power Group, another SNC-Lavalin joint venture, supporting Bruce Power’s Life Extension Program.
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