Bruce Power safely completes last of reactor removals ahead of schedule for Unit 6 Major Component Replacement
Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement (MCR) is entering into a new phase of the project after completing the last of the reactor removal work.
The MCR project team, alongside vendor partner Shoreline Power Group, a joint venture between Aecon, SNC-Lavalin and United Engineers & Constructors, spent about 10 months removing feeder tubes, pressure tubes, calandria tubes and other important internal components of the Unit 6 reactor in preparation for the installation of new parts that will extend the life of the unit for 40 years.
The last of these removals were successfully completed ahead of schedule on Friday, July 9, said Jeff Phelps, Vice President, Major Projects.
“This is an important moment for the MCR project,” Phelps said. “We’re now turning our attention to the inspection and installation work, which will be much more hands-on for our tradespeople. We have an exceptional team. Our vendors are second to none, and I’m confident in our continued success as we transition into the next phase of the project.”
Local elected officials offered congratulations on reaching this important achievement.
“This is indeed great news for Bruce Power and for the local economy,” said Lisa Thompson, Huron-Bruce MPP. “It is yet another example of the impressive work done by their team that continues to excel and illustrates their commitment to excellence.”
Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, also congratulated Bruce Power, its contractors, and the skilled trades on completing this major milestone safely and ahead of schedule.
“This is another important step in this key project to ensure clean and reliable energy for decades into the future,” Walker said. “Wishing everyone involved the best of continued progress and success.”
Shoreline Power Group is responsible for the fuel channel feeder replacement portion of the project, which involves all reactor removal, inspection, and installation work. This includes the removal and replacement of 960 feeder tubes, 480 fuel channels, and 480 calandria tubes. This work will directly and indirectly create and sustain about 1,500 jobs over the next 15 years in Grey, Bruce and Huron counties, and throughout Ontario.
“Successfully completing the reactor removal work on Unit 6 provides a critical foundation as we progress towards the next phase of the project,” said Thomas Clochard, Aecon’s Senior Vice President & Executive Lead, Nuclear, on behalf of Shoreline Power Group. “The Shoreline team
continues to demonstrate its preeminent nuclear expertise, with first-rate safety and quality performance. We look forward to achieving continued success as we work with Bruce Power to execute this important project, which supports the efficient and reliable supply of clean energy for Ontarians, and Canada’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.”
The project was supported by other key vendors and suppliers including SNC-Lavalin, Eclipse Automation, CANDU, Black & McDonald, and Nuvia Canada Inc., and also received indirect support from industry experts Ontario Power Generation and Canatom, which offered collaborative assistance throughout the nearly year-long removal phase. ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has played a primary role in the removal phase by designing, testing and manufacturing the majority of the highly automated tooling systems which were used to support the safe removal of reactor components.
“To execute a project of this scale and complexity takes considerable collaboration and support from industry leaders and project partners, which we’ve unquestionably seen since the start of the project,” said Eric Chassard, Bruce Power’s Executive Vice President, Projects and Engineering. “It is through this teamwork and collaboration that the MCR Project will be able to provide Ontarians with stable, affordable, and clean energy for decades to come. I’m proud of the team’s work and look forward to continued success on the next phase of the project.”
Volunteer at Hockey Hub or get vaccinated for chance to golf with NHL Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour
The Grey Bruce Health Unit and Bruce Power are sending three lucky people to Cobble Beach Golf Resort for a round with Doug Gilmour, NHL Hall of Famer and Toronto Maple Leafs legend.
All it takes to enter the draw is to volunteer or receive a first or second dose at vaccination centres in Kincardine (Davidson Centre), Owen Sound (Owen Sound District Secondary School), and Hanover (P&H Centre), or community pop-up clinics, from July 12-31. Entry details will be available upon sign-in at the vaccination centres.
“The response of residents in Grey/Bruce to both get vaccinated and volunteer at our Hockey Hubs has so far been excellent, but we can’t let up yet,” said Dr. Ian Arra, Medical Officer of Health for the GBHU. “Case numbers continue to be concerning due to the Delta variant. We need more people getting their first and second doses as soon as possible. Vaccination is the key to defeating this pandemic.”
Pat Dalzell, Bruce Power’s Head of Corporate Affairs, hopes the chance to play golf with an NHL legend will keep vaccination centres busy this month.
“The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer, but we still have work to do to get there,” Scongack said, “We hope residents continue to volunteer in high numbers at local vaccination centres and pop-up clinics, and we urge everyone who is eligible for a vaccine to take these opportunities as soon as possible.”
Gilmour entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011 with 1,414 points (450 goals, 964 assists) in 1,474 career games with St. Louis, Calgary, Toronto, New Jersey, Chicago, Buffalo, and Montreal.
Bruce Power unveils $3 billion ‘Made in Ontario’ plan to create jobs, support energy and health care innovation to recharge the economy
On July 15 Bruce Power announced today its plan to contribute to a ‘Made in Ontario’ economic recovery, investing $3 billion over the next 18 months through the company’s Life-Extension Program, isotope development, and asset optimization strategy.
This investment will create and sustain thousands of highly-skilled jobs and drive economic benefits throughout the Clean Energy Frontier region and across Ontario.
Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO, outlined the company’s five-pillar strategy to contribute to a revitalized economy, while providing global leadership in the production of medical isotopes, contributing to Canada’s Net Zero 2050 goals, and securing reliable electricity for decades to come.
“Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program continues to play a key role in stimulating the economy as Ontario moves into the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rencheck said. “This investment program will also ensure a steady global supply of medical isotopes and a reliable source of clean electricity that will make significant contributions to a Net Zero Ontario and Canada.”
Hon. Todd Smith, Ontario’s Minister of Energy, commended Bruce Power for its focus on economic recovery and commitment to Net Zero.
“Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program and Major Component Replacement Projects are key drivers supporting our post-pandemic economic recovery, with the vast majority of its multi-billion dollar investments benefitting the people, supply chains and jobs right here in Ontario,” Minister Smith said. “As Canada’s largest private infrastructure and clean energy project, this investment is also advancing Ontario’s role as a global leader in a clean energy future.”
Bruce Power’s strategy to help revitalize Ontario’s economy consists of five pillars:
1. Recharging the economy through private investment. A private investment of $3 billion over the next 18 months through the company’s Life-Extension Program, isotope development, and asset optimization strategy will enable Canada’s largest privately-funded clean energy project to secure carbon-free, reliable electricity for decades to come and a stable global supply of medical isotopes.
2. Advancing medical innovation through global isotope production. In 2022, the company will deploy a game-changing isotope delivery system for its CANDU
reactors to produce Lutetium-177, an isotope used to treat neuroendocrine tumours and prostate cancer. The company also produces Cobalt-60, used to sterilize medical devices, battle cancer and treat brain tumours.
3. Taking action on Net Zero. One of the largest emissions-reduction initiatives in a generation – the phase out of coal in Ontario – was made possible by Bruce Power. The company is building on this leadership role by contributing to a Net Zero Canada by 2050. In addition to providing a reliable supply of carbon-free electricity, this will be achieved by eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from its site operations by 2027; the launch of Ontario’s first Community Carbon Coalition, which will fund grassroots initiatives that both remove and offset carbon emissions; and work with a range of organizations to advance hydrogen, electrified transportation and integration of nuclear with other resources.
4. Securing highly skilled jobs for Ontarians. Over 95 per cent of Bruce Power’s supply chain is Ontario-based, providing economic growth and supporting 22,000 direct and indirect jobs annually. Bruce Power continues to strengthen its ‘Made in Ontario’ supply chain to support the Clean Energy Frontier program in Grey, Bruce and Huron counties, while pursuing broader opportunities across the province.
5. Advancing the future of nuclear. Ontario’s nuclear industry is a key driver in Canada’s clean energy future. Through its existing CANDU fleet, robust nuclear supply chain, and key global supply of medical isotopes, Ontario is a world-leader in nuclear. Bruce Power, in collaboration with a range of partners, and the Bruce County-based Nuclear Innovation Institute will launch the Future of Nuclear Program to support the positioning of Ontario as a global nuclear leader.
“These pillars will advance Ontario’s economic recovery as we make historic and long-term investments in Canada’s single largest site for clean electricity, which also support tens of thousands of jobs annually in Canada,” Rencheck said.
Rocco Rossi, President of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, acknowledged the positive impact the Ontario nuclear supply chain has on the province’s economy.
“A strong nuclear industry is essential to a strong economy in Ontario,” Rossi said. “Ontario’s nuclear sector injects billions into the economy every year, providing low-cost, reliable and carbon-free electricity that our businesses need to stay competitive in the world market, and life-saving medical isotopes which are vital resources in the global medical community.”