CNL secures USD8.5 M contract to refuel SLOWPOKE-2

15 July 2019

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a USD8.5 M contract by the Government of Canada to refuel the Royal Military College of Canada’s (RMC) SLOWPOKE-2 nuclear reactor. The SLOWPOKE-2 is a low-power, self-regulating reactor that produces neutrons for scientific research. It is used solely for professional development and academic research, including nuclear and radiological forensic expertise, and rapid response capabilities for environmental and nuclear emergencies, primarily by the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces.

Under terms of the contract, CNL will remove the old reactor core from the federally-owned nuclear reactor, commission the reactor with a newly fabricated core that is being manufactured at CNL’s Chalk River Laboratories campus, and transfer of the spent core to a licensed nuclear waste management facility. The project will take nearly three years to complete and will extend the life of the 34-year-old reactor by another 30 years.

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