Canada-based Aecon Group announced on 5 July that the Steam Generator Replacement Team (SGRT), a 50/50 joint venture between Aecon and SGT (a partnership between Framatome and United Engineers & Constructors), had been awarded an approximately $350 million contract by Bruce Power to replace steam generators at units 3 and 4 of the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Tiverton, Ontario. Aecon's share of the contract was added to its Construction segment backlog in the second quarter of 2021.
SGRT's scope of work includes engineering and planning activities, the removal of existing steam generators, the installation of new steam generators, construction management and procurement of materials, and construction activities. SGRT is currently executing steam generator replacement work on unit 6, with the majority of work expected to be completed by the end of 2021. In 2017, SGRT signed a long-term Preferred Supplier Agreement for steam generator replacements at the plant's remaining five units as part of the Bruce Major Component Replacement (MCR) Project. With the award of units 3 and 4, there are three units remaining.
"This contract award builds on the successful work by SGRT at unit 6 and further demonstrates Aecon's diverse, industry leading expertise as the largest nuclear constructor in Canada," said Jean-Louis Servranckx, Aecon Group President and CEO. "The Bruce MCR Project is creating jobs, generating economic development opportunities in local and surrounding communities, and will be integral in advancing Ontario's economic recovery coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to working with Bruce Power and our joint venture partner to execute this project which is critical in supplying clean, reliable and low-cost energy to Ontarians."
"SGRT is proud to be a long-term partner to Bruce Power and support its significant investment in the Major Component Replacement Project," said SGT President Robert J LoCurto. "SGT brings 25 years of experience to support the continued efficient and reliable operation of the Bruce plant which is crucial to meeting Canada's clean energy goals while also creating and sustaining local jobs and economic activity."
"While we continue to focus on unit 6, which remains on track, it's important to continue to plan for future Major Component Replacement Projects, which will play a key role in stimulating the economy as Ontario moves into the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Mike Rencheck, President and CEO of Bruce Power. "Securing the long-term future of the Bruce site is vital to ensuring Canada meets its commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050."
Image: Bruce nuclear power plant