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Laker Energy awarded contracts on Darlington nuclear rebuild

DCN News Service
Laker Energy awarded contracts on Darlington nuclear rebuild

OAKVILLE, ONT. — Laker Energy announced it has won three contracts totalling more than $54 million from the SNC-Lavalin-Aecon Joint Venture for nuclear components in support of the Darlington nuclear generating station’s Retube and Feeder Replacement (RFR) project.

Included in this work are channel closures and end fitting liner assemblies for the RFR project, which Laker will manufacture at its Oakville location, notes a media statement issued March 9.

Channel closures seal the ends of the fuel channels and prevent the escape of heavy water, Laker explains.

The design allows for online defuelling, a key component of the CANDU reactor design. Liner assemblies are installed in end-fitting components and hold fuel bundles in place.

"Laker Energy is committed to the Darlington RFR project," said Chris Hughes, president, Laker Energy, in a statement.

"We’re very proud that these contracts will maintain 40 full-time jobs in Oakville for the next four years."

Laker Energy employs 85 people at its Oakville facility.

"Laker Energy has long been a valued partner in supplying nuclear components to CANDU plants," said Preston Swafford, chief nuclear officer and executive vice-president, nuclear at SNC-Lavalin.

Once the rehabilitation project is complete, it’s intended the four Darlington CANDU reactors will continue in operation for 30 years.

The statement indicates the Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment project will add $14.9 billion to the provincial economy, as well as 8,800 jobs for the project’s duration.

The SNC-Lavalin/Aecon Joint Venture has worked on the definition phase of the project for four years and will now carry out the execution phase of the refurbishment project.

Under the joint venture agreement between Aecon and SNC-Lavalin, Aecon will provide primarily construction and fabrication services, while SNC-Lavalin will focus on specialty tooling and engineering.

Project management and procurement will be provided jointly by Aecon and SNC-Lavalin. Over 400 employees are involved in the project.

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