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SNC pulls in nuclear steam generator tube cleaning contract in Romania

Company uses a blasting process to loosen material in reactor's steam generators

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.’s nuclear cleaning crew is heading for Eastern Europe.

The company has won a contract for the cleaning of steam generator tubes at the Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica S.A.’s Cernavodă Unit 1 reactor in Romania.

“Our expertise in servicing CANDU nuclear power plant equipment is second to none,” Preston Swafford, chief nuclear officer and executive vice-president of Nuclear at SNC, said. “With our experience in the upkeep and proper maintenance of nuclear power plants and equipment, we can help utilities continue to have high capacity factors, and provide clean and reliable energy to Romania.”

The contract was awarded through nuclear components company BWXT Canada Ltd., which originally manufactured the plant’s steam generators. The facility has been in service since 1996.

SNC uses a blasting process to loosen and remove deposits that have built up inside the reactor’s steam generators. The company said it will execute the contract during 2016.

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