Nuclear power generation equipment manufacturer BWXT Canada has secured a C$642m ($499m) contract from electricity company Bruce Power to design and supply 32 steam generators.

The generators will be used by Bruce Power for its Major Component Replacement (MCR) project.

BWXT Canada is a subsidiary of US-based power generation company BWX Technologies.

BWXT Canada president John MacQuarrie said: “The steam generator contract allows us to secure very long-term work for our Cambridge, Ontario facility, which sustains jobs for many of our highly skilled and talented employees for many years to come.

“The life extension of Bruce Power’s nuclear reactors is vital to the supply of clean, low-cost and reliable power for Ontarians.”

“The life extension of Bruce Power’s nuclear reactors is vital to the supply of clean, low-cost and reliable power for Ontarians, and we are so proud to be part of this project.”

Bruce Power initially placed an order for Unit 6 steam generators with BWXT Canada in 2016 but was later amended last August to include an additional 24 steam generators for Units 5, 7 and 8.

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Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Programme MCR will begin in 2020 and is expected to increase the life of the eight-unit site until 2064, as well as fulfil more than 30% of Ontario’s future electricity requirements.

BWXT Canada intends to begin work related to this contract immediately and plans to deliver them through 2030.

Bruce Power president and CEO Mike Rencheck said: “This ‘Made in Ontario’ agreement is good news for employees of BWXT, as well as the economy of the greater Cambridge area.”

“Bruce Power’s supply chain acquires 90% of its goods and services right in Ontario, investing C$4bn ($3.1bn) into the province’s economy annually while creating and sustaining 22,000 jobs, directly and indirectly, every year, including here in the Cambridge area.”