Bruce Power and BWXT collaborate on life extension proj

15 September 2020

The first ‘Made in Ontario’ steam generator, built by United Steel Workers, for the Unit 6 MCR has been shipped from BWXT’s plant in Cambridge to Bruce Power.Bruce Power and BWXT Canada Ltd have announced that they are collaborating on several projects to advance the made-in-Ontario economic recovery programme, including an estimated $55 million contract for BWXT to perform fuel channel maintenance on unit 3 at Bruce nuclear power plant. BWXT has also begun to ship steam generators to Bruce Power for unit 6.

The Life Extension project is known as Extended West Shift Plus and is scheduled to be carried out in 2021. Once complete, it will extend the life of unit 3 to 2023, when Bruce Power is scheduled to start the unit’s Major Component Replacement (MCR) Project. Extended West Shift Plus is the fourth major project of its kind to have been executed by BWXT in the past 12 years.

“Today’s announcement is exciting news for Ontario’s nuclear industry and for the province as the work being done through our Life-Extension Programme is creating jobs and providing direct and indirect spending to support getting the economy back on track in the face of the COVID-19 health crisis,” said Bruce Power President and CEO Mike Rencheck. “BWXT’s ability to execute on critical projects like Extended West Shift Plus extends the life of our reactors, which Ontarians count on to deliver affordable and reliable electricity.’’

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