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[cdn-nucl-l] Nuclear industry has good record
Nuclear industry has good record
The Toronto Star
Wed 25 Oct 2006
Newest nuclear same old risky business
Column, Oct. 23.
While it might be convenient for Amory Lovins to tar the entire nuclear
industry with his comments about Areva's troubled project in Finland and
elsewhere, a closer examination of recent CANDU nuclear construction
projects reveals a different story.
In contrast to Areva's troubles, the track record for Atomic Energy of
Canada Limited (AECL) and its private sector partners continues to be
outstanding. In the past 10 years, we have designed, built and delivered on
or ahead of schedule, and on budget six CANDU 6 reactors (the type proposed
to be built next in Ontario) to international customers.
This unparalleled track record reflects the fact that AECL and its private
sector partners have been building reactors almost continuously for the past
30 years, unlike almost any other nuclear vendor, giving Team CANDU the
strongest core delivery capability of any nuclear vendor in the world.
CANDU's Ontario-based supply chain is already active, building a new CANDU 6
in Romania and the current Ontario life-extension projects.
Team CANDU is ready to build new CANDUs in Ontario. The five companies
executing this project will bear the risk for delivering on-time and
on-budget CANDU plants that are proven to operate safely, efficiently and
We are able to offer this because of our experience and expertise in
previous successful projects.
Ontario needs the balanced mix of conservation, renewable energy and nuclear
base load power proposed by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).
Together the OPA and Canadian industry will ensure Ontario has the reliable,
affordable electricity it needs.
Robert Van Adel, President and CEO, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited,