News
 Industry News  
 Company News  
 
Home > News > Industry News
SNC-Lavalin to decommission research reactor
2018-7-25

SNC-Lavalin's Candu Energy Inc is to provide decommissioning services for the Saskatchewan Research Council's (SRC) Slowpoke-2 research reactor, the company announced yesterday.

 SRC_Slowpoke_(SRC)-460
SRC's Slowpoke-2 (Image: SRC)


The Slowpoke-2 reactor has operated at the SRC's Environmental Analytical Laboratories in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for 37 years. The low-power reactor, which is mainly used as an analytical tool for neutron activation analysis to determine uranium and other elemental concentrations, was commissioned in 1981. In January, it surpassed 20,000 hours of operation for its lifetime.

The reactor is currently licensed to operate until June 2023, but the SRC started the process to initiate decommissioning with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in December last year. Decommissioning is expected to take about two to three years.

"Decommissioning is the end of the nuclear lifecycle that SNC-Lavalin supports with the latest technology, modern tools and training - all with a focus on safety," Sandy Taylor, president for nuclear at SNC-Lavalin, said. "We have successfully decommissioned similar reactors at Dalhousie University and the University of Alberta in recent years, and our track record speaks to our commitment to the Saskatchewan Research Council that its Slowpoke-2 reactor will be safely retired in the most environmentally responsible manner," he added.

The first Slowpoke (Safe Low-Power Kritical Experiment) reactors were developed by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd in the 1960s, to provide a source of neutrons for research and teaching institutions. The reactor's core, which is sealed in an aluminium container vessel, sits at the bottom of a pool of light water to provide cooling and shielding. Generating up to 20 kWt of power, Slowpoke reactors are seen as having a high degree of passive safety.

SNC-Lavalin was in 2016 awarded a contract to decommission the University of Alberta's Slowpoke 2. Decommissioning was formally completed last month, following the cessation of operations in July last year. Slowpoke-2 reactors remain in operation at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, and the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. The RMC in 2017 received approval to refuel its Slowpoke 2, which will enable the facility to operate for a further 30 years.

  
 
2018-8-17
Steady growth in nuclear generation continues
2018-8-17
FirstEnergy takes "unwelcome" step towards plant closures
2018-8-17
Upgrades for Slovakian and Korean simulators
2018-8-17
NRC clears centrifuge plant decommissioning plan
2018-8-17
Chinese AP1000 reaches full power operation
2018-8-8
Turbine equipment installed at Leningrad II-2
2018-8-8
French, British regions unite for nuclear growth
2018-8-8
Barakah 2 completes hot functional tests
2018-8-8
ANSTO to resume Tc-99m production soon
2018-8-8
CEZ to test use of Westinghouse fuel at Temelin-1
2018-8-3
Welcome to INPOM 2018 !
2018-8-3
Westinghouse emerges from Chapter 11
2018-8-3
Cold functional tests start at Novovoronezh II-2
2018-8-3
Connecticut regulators revise zero-carbon RFP
2018-8-3
Holtec takes on two more US plants for decommissioning
2018-8-3
Ural icebreaker passes construction milestone
2018-7-27
Cameco shutdown extended indefinitely
2018-7-25
IAEA nurtures nuclear education in Asia Pacific
2018-7-25
SNC-Lavalin to decommission research reactor
2018-7-25
High temperature reactors for energy neutral mineral extraction
2018-7-25
South Ukraine 3 fully loaded with Westinghouse fuel
2018-7-19
Moltex partners in New Brunswick SMR project
2018-7-19
IAEA praises Niger's progress on nuclear programme
2018-7-19
Review of Le Creusot records passes milestone
2018-7-19
Rovno unit 3 gets 20-year licence extension
2018-7-19
Ukraine discusses 'energy bridge' with European Parliament
2018-7-12
Bruce Power, Rolls-Royce deepen digital collaboration
2018-7-12
First partner announced for New Brunswick SMR project
2018-7-11
China’s Sanmen 2 cleared for fuel loading
2018-7-11
Plasma plant starts operations in Bulgaria
2018-7-11
Bangladesh issues construction licence for Rooppur unit 2
2018-7-6
Daher to apply for NRC transport package certification
2018-7-6
Urenco to enrich reprocessed uranium
2018-7-6
ATS to provide automated solutions for Bruce detube
2018-7-6
Turboatom and Toshiba team up for turbine upgrades
2018-7-6
Tokai 2 passes safety screening
2018-6-29
EDF and Veolia partner on robotics and vitrification
2018-6-29
Halden Reactor to be decommissioned
2018-6-29
Rolls-Royce and CTEC to integrate I&C expertise
2018-6-26
Approval for decommissioning of Swiss reactor
2018-6-26
Chinese AP1000s pass commissioning milestones
2018-6-22
Darlington to supply molybdenum-99
2018-6-22
Regulator details Taishan 1 commissioning schedule
2018-6-22
Genkai unit 4 supplying power again
2018-6-22
Full-scale tests to start soon at Finnish repository
2018-6-22
GE Power starts Arabelle production for Hinkley Point C
2018-6-14
Decommissioning plan for Tokai approved
2018-6-14
Cooperation strengthens mining radiation protection
2018-6-14
Ontario Power Generation starts rebuilding Darlington 2
2018-6-14
Steam generators in place at Hongyanhe 5
2018-6-14
USA launches Summit supercomputer
2018-6-8
First criticality achieved at Chinese EPR
2018-6-8
SNC-Lavalin signs agreement on Bellefonte completion
2018-6-8
WIPP returns to routine operations
2018-6-8
ERA publishes closure plan for Ranger
2018-6-8
EDF agrees to nuclear energy cooperation with Brazil
2018-6-1
US energy regulators back Illinois legislation
2018-6-1
Toshiba scraps project to build ABWRs in Texas
2018-6-1
Kansai cuts power rates as reactors restart
2018-6-1
Olkiluoto EPR prepares for fuel loading
2018-6-1
France, Russia extend nuclear power cooperation
2018-5-25
Alliance launched to highlight nuclear on world stage
2018-5-25
New Jersey clean energy laws signed
2018-5-25
Belarus, Kazakhstan to cooperate in nuclear power
2018-5-25
Dome installed at first Fangchenggang Hualong One
2018-5-25
GNF to fuel Entergy BWRs with advanced fuel
2018-5-18
Belgium and China award simulator contracts
2018-5-18
Progress for WIPP infrastructure upgrade
2018-5-18
Perry scraps completion of US MOX facility
2018-5-18
Rosatom expands overseas links with new agreements
2018-5-18
NWMO broadens its international cooperation
2018-5-11
FirstEnergy responds to PJM grid reliability findings
2018-5-11
Nuclear for US grid resilience and climate
2018-5-10
Dome installed on Tianwan 6 containment building
2018-5-10
Other signatories express support for JCPOA
2018-5-10
TVA completes major flood protection
2018-5-8
Robots get smarter to help with decommissioning
2018-5-4
Fuel supply contracts signed for Swedish reactors
2018-5-4
New cracks delay restart of Hunterston B reactor
2018-5-4
Training milestones for new plant operators
2018-5-4
First Energy responds to PJM grid reliability findings
2018-5-4
NASA successfully tests Kilopower reactor
2018-4-27
Philippines to draw up nuclear energy policy
2018-4-27
IAEA reviews safety at South Ukraine unit 3
2018-4-27
Fuel loading under way at Chinese AP1000
2018-4-27
Macron: Europe must prioritise emission reductions
2018-4-27
Iran's Bushehr I changes to TVS-2M fuel
2018-4-20
6th Annual Nuclear Information Technology China Forum
2018-4-20
2nd Nuclear Power Maintenance Tool Seminar
2014-9-19
The Preparation Meeting of the First International Nuclear Plant Operation and Maintenance Conference 2014 Successfully held in Shanghai.
2014-9-19
NNBCS2014 Concluded a Great Success on August 27-29 in Shanghai!
2014-7-21
China's Xi hails 'new horizons' in ties with Argentina
2014-7-21
China nuclear contractor seeks merger with CPIC
2014-7-11
Investment program for Slovenian repository
2014-7-11
Supercomputer team wins award for core work
2014-6-17
Chinese Premier expected to sign UK nuclear deal
2014-6-17
Changjiang 2 vessel put in place
2014-6-13
Fourth Yangjiang unit gets its dome
2014-6-13
Sogin, CGN cooperate on waste management
2014-6-13
China produces first AP1000 vessel
2014-6-12
The 6th Annual Nuclear New Build China Summit
2014-6-6
Fuel loading at Fuqing 1
2014-6-6
China schedules new nuclear power reactors
2014-6-6
Fukushima ice wall under construction
2014-6-3
China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants
2014-5-27
China, Iran agree to push bilateral cooperation to new stage
2014-5-12
Mining operations begin at Husab
2014-5-9
Yangjiang 2 approaches start up
2014-5-8
Ningde 2 in commercial operation
2014-5-4
MBIR reactor supplier selected
2014-4-28
Political discord places Lungmen on hold
2014-4-28
Landmarks for Chinese reactors
2014-4-22
The 6th Annual Nuclear New Build China Summit 2014 will start up on August 27th in Shanghai, China!
2014-4-22
NITF2014 Concluded a Great Success on April 10-11 in Shanghai!
2014-4-22
Accelerating the Progress of Nuclear Power Informatization, building a safe and high-efficiency operation environment! —NITF 2014 will Start up on April 10-11, 2014 in Shanghai, China!
2014-4-22
Expanding Your Company’s Value in Nuclear IT Industry——The 2nd Annual Nuclear Information Technology China Forum 2014 is Coming Back!
About Us
Who We Are
Our Culture
Nuclear Summit
Event Center
Professional Service
Industry Information
Project Consulting
Training Course
Event Outsourcing
Join Us
Job Opportunities
Career Development
Contact Us
Tel: (+86-21) 6073 7200
Fax: (+86-21) 6176 8133
Email: info@innchinc.com
 
© 2018 INNCH INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD. All Rights Reserved 技术支持:上海网站建设