Bruce Power and BWXT Canada to Sign MOU to Commence Process for Steam Generator Design and Manufacturing
Tiverston/Cambridge - Bruce Power and BWXT Canada Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Friday to commence the process for steam generator design and manufacturing out of BWXT Canada's facility in Cambridge, Ontario. The signing of the MOU follows last Thursdays announcement that Bruce Power will advance a long-term, incremental life extension program.
Cambridge-based BWXT Canada, a subsidiary of BWX Technologies, Inc., has supplied all steam generators installed at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station since the station went online in 1977. The MOU will address the supply of replacement steam generators for the four Bruce B Units, starting with Unit 6, which will go offline for refurbishment starting in 2020. Each Bruce B Unit will require the manufacturing of eight steam generators as part of Bruce Power's life extension program. The supply of eight steam generators per unit will result in more than 350,000 engineering and labour hours for BWXT Canada said John MacQuarrie, President, BWXT Canada.
"BWXT Canada is very pleased to sign this MOU with Bruce Power, on the heels of yesterday's announcement, which signifies our continued strong relationship with the Bruce Power site," MacQuarrie said. "This is the beginning of a long-term project that will provide a major boost for our Cambridge facility. Our employees take great pride in the highly technical work we conduct for the nuclear industry, and we look forward to playing a major role in the refurbishment of these reactors, which will benefit all Ontarians with low-cost, reliable and carbon-free nuclear power for generations."
The cost of steam generators for the first Unit will be determined through this process but is expected to total between $400- 500 million(Canadian) for all 32 steam generators across the Bruce B Units, all of which will be advanced incrementally as these important long-lead components are required for the refurbishment program. The final cost will be determined through this process and will take into account a number of factors including pricing of materials and timing.
Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power's President and CEO, said that long term relationships with suppliers like BWXT Canada are an excellent example of how a strong Bruce Power site injects billions of dollars into Ontario's economy and creates thousands of jobs every year.
"The deal Bruce Power signed with the province yesterday has kick-started one of the largest infrastructure investment programs in Canada, and the people of Ontario will reap the benefits through a strong economy and well-paying, highly skilled careers," Hawthorne said. "The steam generator replacement program is integral to our refurbishments, and BWXT Canada is a key player in our future successes. I look forward to working with the people at BWXT Canada for many years."
Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge, shared in the excitement of the announcement yesterday and the positive economic impact nuclear has, not just at the Bruce site, but also in Cambridge.
"Bruce Power provides a significant portion of our nuclear generation and securing output through this long-term agreement will not only provide low-cost electricity for families and businesses but economic opportunities and jobs right here in Cambridge."