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Memorandum of Understanding with Bruce Power signals continued investment for U-Battery in Canada

06 December 2017

U-Battery is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bruce Power, a supplier of 30 per cent of electricity in the Canadian Province of Ontario. Urenco, AMEC NSS Limited and Bruce Power finalised the partnership agreement, which outlines:

  • Cooperation in the process of design review and licensing.
  • A feasibility study for the potential deployment of micro nuclear reactors across Canada, including Bruce Power being the owner and/or operator of a fleet of U-Battery units.
  • Investigation into the suitability of a Bruce Power site for the deployment of a U-Battery demonstration reactor.

U-Battery is being developed by Urenco in partnership with Wood plc and AMEC NSS Limited, Cammell Laird and Laing O’Rourke. It is a 10 MWt/4MWe high temperature gas reactor that has been designed as a cogeneration (combined heat and power) unit.

Its uses include, but are not limited to, providing an improved quality of life for remote communities that are reliant on expensive, polluting and carbon-intensive diesel. It is also intended to be used for industrial sites. To-date, Urenco, Wood plc and AMEC NSS Limited have led preparation activities for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission vendor design review process.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery comments:

“U-Battery is pleased to have signed this MOU with Bruce Power. The partnership accelerates our commitment towards development, licensing and the eventual deployment of U-Battery units across Canada. We look forward to learning and collaborating with Bruce Power to make this a reality for industries and communities in remote regions that are looking for a low carbon, reliable and cost-effective energy alternative to diesel.”

Frank Saunders, Vice President, Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs, Bruce Power, comments:

“As a nuclear power operator, Bruce Power is pleased to participate in this effort to improve the availability of clean electrical power through new technologies.”

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About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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