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Re: [cdn-nucl-l] AECL - British Energy joint ppress release on NG CANDU
New Generation CANDU? What exactly is the "new generation" part of
Sounds good so far!
Enquiring minds in the research reactor world want to know.
"Brown, Morgan" wrote:
> 02 NOVEMBER 2001
> BRITISH ENERGY AND AECL SIGN AGREEMENT ON POTENTIAL NEW UK
> NUCLEAR REACTOR PROGRAMME
> British Energy and AECL (Atomic Energy of Canada Limited) today signed
> an agreement on work to
> assess the feasibility of CANDU technology as a potential nuclear
> power station option in the UK.
> Dr Robin Jeffrey, British Energy's executive chairman, said: "Since we
> took over Bruce we have
> gained a wealth of knowledge about these reactors. We are delighted
> with their performance, and the
> fact that CANDUs have been successfully exported around the world
> shows that it is a hugely
> successful design, and definitely has the potential to be similarly
> successful in the UK."
> "In our submission to the Government's energy review we have set out
> nuclear's advantages in
> offering security, diversity and environmental benefits to the UK and
> have made the case for
> replacement programme for the country's existing nuclear capacity. We
> have also demonstrated how
> we believe a new build of nuclear stations can be financed by the
> private sector."
> "In our document we identify the two types of reactor that we believe
> would be suitable, the
> Westinghouse designed AP1000 and the new generation CANDU."
> "This work will provide us with details of licensing and regulatory
> issues that would face us if we were
> to opt for a CANDU design, together with robust cost estimates for the
> ten new stations we propose,"
> says Robin.
> The agreement, which will run for a year, AECL, as a vendor and
> technical developer of CANDU
> technology, and British Energy, as a prospective customer to:
> - prepare a case including CANDU as an option for new plants in the
> - assess the technical suitability of CANDU reactors on existing sites
> - prepare a business model addressing issues such as launch costs,
> economics, risk sharing and
> Government support
> - document key factors associated with CANDU implementation and
> recommend an implementation
> The work will be undertaken in three phases. During phase one generic
> implementation issues will be
> identified and either fully resolved or a strategy for their
> resolution developed.
> "AECL is very pleased to be collaborating with British Energy with a
> view to the potential building of
> CANDU New Generation reactors in the UK and Canada. We believe we have
> the right product for
> the UK, and British Energy's and AECL's very complementary skills and
> strengths will work well to
> replace current nuclear plants with new ones," said Robert Van Adel,
> president and CEO of AECL.
> British Energy currently operates four CANDU units at its Bruce B
> station in Ontario, and has plans to
> re-open two other units at the currently shut-down Bruce A site.
> For information contact:
> - Bob Fenton (British Energy) 01355 262846 / 07836 330713
> - Louise Duhamel (AECL) +001 613 782 2024