BWXT NEC to provide seven heat transport motors for Bruce Power reactors
BWX Technologies subsidiary BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada (BWXT NEC) has secured a new contract to supply seven primary heat transport motors for six nuclear reactors operated by electricity company Bruce Power.
The deal is valued at C$34m ($27m) and is a part of Bruce Power’s life-extension programme, which is expected to ensure continuous supply of clean, low-cost, and reliable electricity to Ontario, Canada.
BWXT NEC will be responsible for project management, engineering, and manufacturing of the seven 11,000hp motors, which are employed to drive the main circulating pumps used to push heavy water through the reactor core into the steam generators.
The first motor of this order is scheduled to be delivered by mid-2018.
Bruce Power president and CEO Mike Rencheck said: “Partnering with BWXT NEC for this important motor work is critical to ensuring the life extension and operation through 2064.
“Planning and preparation is key to our continued on-time and on-budget performance since January 2016 when our life extension programme was started.”
With the new extension, Bruce Power aims to create and sustain 22,000 direct and indirect jobs every year. It is also expected to create C$4bn ($3.1bn) in annual economic benefit for Ontario.
Currently, Bruce Power fulfils 30% of the province's electricity demand.