SNC-Lavalin awarded CANDU pre-project contract in Argentina

Six-month contract to allow company to engage with suppliers for long-lead equipment and more

November 28, 2016
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MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin been won a pre-project contract from Argentina’s Nucleoelectrica Argentina SA (NA-SA) for the CANDU nuclear new build project at the Atucha site about 100km from Buenos Aires.

If this project materializes, it would be the first CANDU new build since Cernavoda Unit 2 came on line in 2007, said SNC-Lavalin.

The six-month contract will allow the company to engage with suppliers for long-lead equipment, conduct preliminary design work, deliver safety analysis, offer licensing support and provide technical assistance from Canada.

Argentina already owns and operates a CANDU reactor at Embalse, about 650km northwest of Buenos Aires. Construction of this reactor began in 1976 and it went into commercial operation in 1984. As well as supplying electricity, Embalse is also used to produce Cobalt-60, a radioisotope used in medical and industrial applications. SNC-Lavalin is currently engaged in the life extension of the Embalse reactor.

CANDU reactors are fuel-flexible, capable of using natural uranium for fuel, as in Argentina, or advanced fuels like recycled uranium and thorium, as is being developed for use in countries such as China.