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Aecon, E.S. Fox partner on fabrication for grid-scale Small Modular Reactor

Aecon, E.S. Fox partner on fabrication for grid-scale Small Modular Reactor

TORONTO — Aecon Group Inc. is partnering with E.S. Fox Limited for a project to advance modular fabrication with the delivery of North America’s first grid-scale Small Modular Reactor (SMR) through Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) Darlington New Nuclear Project (DNNP).

An event was held recently to celebrate the announcement at E.S. Fox’s fabrication facility in Port Robinson, Ont.

Aecon is the provider of all construction services for the DNNP, including project management, construction planning and execution as part of an Integrated Project Delivery partnership with OPG, GE Hitachi and SNC-Lavalin. E.S. Fox is currently completing early site preparation work at the DNNP location.

Aecon has formed a subsequent teaming agreement with E.S. Fox to jointly fabricate steel components offsite at Aecon’s fabrication facility in Cambridge and E.S. Fox’s Port Robinson facility, indicates a release.

The components will be welded into sub-assemblies and shipped to the DNNP project site where they will be built into larger modules and used to construct the primary steel structure of the reactor building.

The DNNP could create up to 2,500 new jobs and produce power required to meet Ontario’s growing energy needs, adds the release.

 “With the experience of both companies, we look forward to building large sections of the structure at the two facilities leveraging a modular approach and shipping them to the DNNP project site — helping reduce field labour and equipment costs, improving the overall project schedule, and supporting high-paying skilled jobs in Niagara Region,” said Pat Cimek, vice-president of construction and fabrication services with E.S. Fox, in a statement.

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