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SNC-Lavalin, Holtec joint venture to decommission New Jersey nuclear power plant

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SNC-Lavalin, Holtec joint venture to decommission New Jersey nuclear power plant

MONTREAL — Comprehensive Decommissioning International, LLC (CDI), a joint venture company of SNC-Lavalin and Holtec International, has been awarded its first commercial contract to decommission the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Ocean County, N.J.

Under the contract, CDI will be responsible for decommissioning, demolishing and cleaning up the site starting this year, now that ownership of the site has transferred to Holtec.

CDI aims to safely and efficiently decommission and dismantle the site in less than 10 years using innovative technologies, indicates a SNC-Lavalin release issued July 30.

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the transfer of the Oyster Creek licence from Exelon to Holtec in June 2019 and plant ownership was transferred on July 1, adds the release.

“CDI is pleased to welcome approximately 200 former Exelon employees to our team,” said Kelly Trice, president, CDI, in a statement.

“Their knowledge of the local community and the Oyster Creek plant, coupled with CDI’s accelerated decommissioning approach will ensure we restore the site for re-use in the shortest possible time.”

“This is just the beginning of what we know is a bright future for CDI in reactor decommissioning, and a great example of the services-based contracts CDI can undertake,” said Sandy Taylor, president, nuclear, SNC-Lavalin, in a statement.

“We are strong proponents of the future of carbon-free, nuclear power around the world, be it through the industry-leading expertise and technologies that we bring to nuclear new build and life-extending refurbishment projects, however, decommissioning is also becoming a significant part of our business. In the U.S. alone, there are almost 100 nuclear reactors.”

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