Point Lepreau waste facility completed

13 February 2007

AECL has completed construction on the Point Lepreau Solid Radioactive Waste Management Facility (SRWMF) a full year ahead of schedule, part of an upgrade of the Point Lepreau CANDU generating station. When completed it will be the first CANDU 6 to undergo full refurbishment for life extension.

NB Power, Atlantic Canada’s only nuclear utility, awarded AECL fixed price contracts in 2005 for the three aspects of the overall project includuing construction of the SRWMF, retubing - in which all 380 fuel channels and associated feeder tubes will be removed and replaced – and refurbishment of aging components and outdated technology.

The SRWMF extension will store waste created during refurbishment and the extended operation of Point Lepreau.

AECL is now working on completing the engineering, procurement of materials and tools for the retube and refurbishment phases of the project, set to begin in April 2008.

The project is to be completed in 2009.

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