SNC-Lavalin to Provide Reactor Fuel to China Power Co.

Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has signed an engineering service contract and a licensing agreement with China's Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Company Ltd. to a provide a mixture of depleted and recycled uranium for Qinshan's CANDU reactors units No. 1 and No. 2. SNC-Lavalin's work under the contract includes design definition, design verification, regulatory support, the update of reactor nuclear design, and licensing. The contract is valued at over C$12 million. The fuel – 37M – was developed in Ontario in collaboration between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its partners in the CANDU Owners Group. OPG's subsidiary Canadian Nuclear Partners licensed the 37M design to SNC-Lavalin, which facilitated collaboration and further development. SNC-Lavalin is the original designer of the CANDU reactors used in China and around the world. This is the first instance of 37M fuel technology being put into commercial use outside of Canada.

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