Candu works with UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to study deployment of EC6 reactors
MISSISSAUGA, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ – Candu Energy Inc. (Candu) is pleased
to announce it has engaged with the United Kingdom’s (UK) Nuclear
Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to assist in providing alternative full
lifecycle approaches for managing that country’s fissile material
stocks. The UK’s preferred method is to re-use the material as mixed
oxide (MOX) fuel.
“This is a great opportunity to build on the neutron efficient
fundamentals of CANDU(®) technology which easily allows the use of alternate fuels without
changing its core design,” said Ala Alizadeh, Candu’s Senior Vice
President, Marketing & Business Development. “CANDU technology is
well-suited to deliver a timely and cost effective disposition of UK
fissile material stocks based on proven design.”
Candu has demonstrated its ability to safely and efficiently use
alternate fuels, including spent fuels from other technologies, in the
Qinshan reactor in China and in the recycling of MOX fuel in AECL’s
Chalk River reactor in Canada. CANDU reactors have the ability to run
100% MOX fuel with no loss in electricity production and have a proven
track record of on-schedule, on-budget international project delivery.
The study will culminate this year in a report on the commercial
feasibility of building Generation III Enhanced Candu 6(® )(EC6(®)) reactors in the UK, burning MOX fuel and producing power for the
consumer together with constructing the associated infrastructure and
facilities needed to manufacture CANDU MOX fuel.
“This study re-opens the door to introduce CANDU technology,” said
Alizadeh. “A positive outcome of the study will allow us to re-engage
with the UK regulator in licensing our evolutionary EC6.” Candu will
build on its earlier technical studies where MOX fuel was manufactured
and tested in-core.
About the EC6
The Enhanced CANDU 6 (EC6) is a 700 MWe class heavy-water moderated and
heavy-water cooled pressure tube reactor. An evolution of the highly
successful CANDU 6 reactor, it is the only commercialized reactor
offering flexible fuelling arrangements from traditional natural
uranium to natural uranium equivalent and reprocessed uranium fuels and
to many advanced fuels such as thorium and MOX. This fuel flexibility
is combined with superior safety performance and economics, high
reliability, flexible load capabilities, very high localization
potential and easy integration into existing grid system. Earlier this
year, The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) completed Phase 2
of a Pre-Project Design Review of the Enhanced EC6, concluding there
are no fundamental barriers to licensing the EC6 design in Canada.
Heavy water is a natural form of water used as a moderator to slow down
the fission chain reaction neutrons in the reactor. It is one of the
most efficient moderators, is fundamental to the CANDU design and
allows great fuel flexibility. All CANDU reactor operators fabricate
their own fuel increasing their energy independence and creating a
locally staffed fuel infrastructure without the need for reprocessing.
Candu is a leading full-service nuclear technology company providing
nuclear power reactors and nuclear products and services to customers
worldwide. Our 1,400 highly skilled employees design and deliver
state-of-the-art CANDU reactors, carry out life extension projects,
provide plant life management programs and tools, and offer operation
and maintenance services for existing nuclear power stations.
Candu is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX: SNC).
SOURCE CANDU Energy Inc.