BWX Technologies announced on 2 February that its subsidiary, BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada, had been awarded a CAD18.6m ($15m), four-year contract to manufacture zircaloy-4 seamless tubes for Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica SA, operator of Romania’s Cernavoda nuclear plant. Cernavoda comprises two Candu 6 pressurised heavy water reactors, which started operating in 1996 and 2007.

The tubes will be produced at BWXT’s Arnprior, Ontario facility and will be used by Nuclearelectrica in the production of Candu fuel at the Pitesti nuclear fuel plant at Mioveni in Romania.

“This contract is an important win for us because it demonstrates BWXT’s international competitiveness in the Candu segment,” said John MacQuarrie, President of BWXT Canada Ltd and BWXT NEC.

“We have decades of experience in producing tubing that meets the nuclear industry’s rigorous requirements," he added.