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SNC-Lavalin wins $13M contract to build Canadian nuclear lab

SNC-Lavalin will design the structures & foundations for 12 shielded hot cells at the new laboratory research complex in Chalk River, Ont.

February 28, 2022   by CM Staff

MONTREAL — Candu Energy Inc., a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has won a mandate to deliver specialized engineering and design services to Eclipse Automation.

As SNC Lavalin explained in a statement, this mandate will support the development of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ new Advanced Nuclear Materials Research Centre (ANMRC.)

Under the $13 million contract, SNC-Lavalin will design the structures & foundations for 12 shielded hot cells at the new laboratory research complex in Chalk River, Ont. The company expects construction to be completed in the next two years.

“This important mandate demonstrates our team’s trusted ability to deliver key projects across the entire nuclear lifecycle- including outside the operational nuclear power plant market,” said Sandy Taylor, president, Nuclear, SNC-Lavalin in a statement.

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“While we maintain a leading presence in the new reactor builds, reactor maintenance and life extension, and decommissioning and waste management spaces, we are also strongly positioned to provide customized engineering and design solutions for nuclear research laboratories that directly support innovation.”

Once complete, the 12 shielded hot cells will enable post-irradiation examination of small modular reactor (SMR) components and next-generation nuclear fuels. Together with the glovebox facilities contained within them, the hot cells will support the development of next-generation nuclear technologies, such as advanced fuel fabrication concepts, and new SMR components.

SNC-Lavalin said its capabilities in the sector cover the entire life cycle of a nuclear asset, from design of new builds, reactor support and life extensions, through to decommissioning and waste management.