AECL and SNC-Lavalin sign MOU with Jordan

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and SNC-Lavalin are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Amman, Jordan with the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission covering a range of areas of cooperation designed to assist Jordan in assessing the feasibility of the introduction of a CANDU nuclear power program based on the Enhanced CANDU 6 (EC-6) reactor.

The MOU serves as a framework for collaboration on:

• Engineering and economic studies aimed at demonstrating the technical and economic feasibility of a CANDU nuclear power program in Jordan;

• Studies to assess infrastructure development requirements and a site selection process to assess construction feasibility of an Enhanced CANDU 6 reactor within Jordan’s regulatory requirements; and

• Studies on fuel fabrication facilities, technology transfer, manpower training and ongoing support to ensure the potential use of Jordan’s uranium resources in a CANDU nuclear power program.

“This MOU launches a new and important chapter which could lead to bilateral and multisectoral trade, investment and nuclear-related technology cooperation between Jordan and Canada,” said Ron Denom, President of SNC-Lavalin International.

“We are extremely pleased to be entering into an understanding with Jordan and to partner with SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc. in playing a key role in strengthening Jordan's preparations for a nuclear technology program,” said Dr. Ken Petrunik, President, CANDU Reactor Division, AECL. “AECL's EC-6 reactor is the ideal size for compatibility with Jordan's electricity grid, and with its natural uranium fuel cycle and fuel conversion capability, the EC-6 can help Jordan become more energy self-sufficient.”

“We are a proud partner along with AECL in this new initiative, and we are confident our combined technical expertise will assist Jordanians in meeting their growing energy needs,” said Patrick Lamarre, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and President of SNC-Lavalin Nuclear.

The MOU extends over a period of three years.


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