Canada’s Akromold has signed a commercial agreement with Laker Energy Products and has opened a second plant to manufacture machine-precision components for nuclear reactors for Bruce Power.
Laker Energy Products has signed CAD144 million ($85m) in advance manufacturing agreements for Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement (MCR) Project. Laker Products CEO Chris Hughes said: “In this ‘Made in Ontario’ agreement between Bruce Power and Lake Energy, end fittings, liners and flow elements for the MCR Project will be provided in 2020.”
End fittings are precision-machined stainless steel forgings that are on either end of the fuel channel that extend from the reactor core out into the vault.
Liners sit inside the end fittings to guide the water flow and to hold the shield plugs in place. Flow elements are installed to monitor the amount of cooling water flowing through the reactor core. In support of Laker Energy’s commitment to Bruce Power, Akromold was chosen as the supplier in the tri-county area. They will manufacture computer-machined components for Laker Energy and Bruce Power.
Akromold’s Plant 1 was founded in 1957 and specializes in the design and manufacture of complex moulds for rubber and silicone components used in aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, electrical and defence industries.
Plant 2 opened in autumn 2018 and with assistance from Laker Energy the plant was certified to manufacture precision-machined components specifically for the nuclear industry. Plant 2 already contains the newest technology for precision-machine equipment and as production ramps up additional equipment will be installed. It will manufacture components under contract with Laker Energy for the Bruce Power MCR Project.