Ontario zeroes in on two nuclear reactor designs: Enhanced Candu 6 reactor by Candu Energy Inc and AP 1000 reactor by Westinghouse
zeroes in on two nuclear reactor designs: Enhanced Candu 6 reactor by
Candu Energy Inc and AP 1000 reactor by Westinghouse: http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1168935--ontario-zeroes-in-on-two-nuclear-reactor-designs
..."Ontario is in talks with two nuclear suppliers about submitting
detailed plans for proposed new reactors at the Darlington nuclear
station. But provincial sources say it will be more than a year before a decision is made on which design to choose – if any. The two designs in the running are:
• The Enhanced Candu 6 reactor made by Candu Energy Inc., a unit of
SNC-Lavalin, which bought the assets of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
last year. • The AP 1000 reactor made by Westinghouse. Both reactor designs are currently be assessed by Canada’s nuclear regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
Public documents show that the CNSC is not actively examining the
technology of a third potential candidate, made by the French nuclear
manufacturer Areva. The province and Ontario Power Generation are
currently negotiating the terms of “service level agreements” with
Westinghouse and Candu Energy. The agreements would commit the
companies to preparing detailed construction plans, schedules and cost
estimates for the proposed reactors, a process that would take a year or
more. The province is considering building two new reactors, each of about 1,000 megawatts, at Darlington.
But a source emphasized there’s no guarantee either proposal would be
accepted, and the province could still forego building new reactors
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