Cambridge manufacturer BWX Technologies Inc. announced Tuesday it has been awarded a contract from Bruce Power valued at approximately $130 million to support Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement (MCR) Project.
The contract is for the fabrication and supply of replacement feeders for Bruce Power’s reactor units 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 and represents an integral part of Bruce Power’s MCR Project, says a news release.
Feeder tube assemblies in CANDU reactors transport heavy water coolant between the reactor and steam generators.
The feeders will be manufactured by members of United Steelworkers Local 2859 at BWXT Canada’s Cambridge facility.
The contract was booked in the first quarter of 2022, and pre-production qualification work for the project is currently underway. Production manufacturing will commence in the fall of this year, and the project is expected to complete in 2031.
“This 10-year contract will allow us to make investments in our workforce and facility,” said John MacQuarrie, President of BWXT Canada, in the release. “Thanks to this contract and others related to nuclear plant life extension in Ontario, we are creating more highly-skilled, long-term jobs in our community.”
“Contracts like these have a sizable and positive impact on the community through the provision of long-term jobs that contribute to our local economy,” said Cambridge, Brian Riddell, in the release.
“This contract award from Bruce Power is a testament to the continued dedication and hard work demonstrated by the talented employees at BWXT,” added Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “I am proud of BWXT’s contributions to both the nuclear industry and to the city of Cambridge. For over 150 years, BWXT has anchored Cambridge’s reputation for excellence in manufacturing.”