SNC-Lavalin Ansaldo consortium awarded £10.7m engineering contract in Romania

Updated: Nov 17, 2019

Candu Energy Inc., a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and its consortium partner Ansaldo Nucleare S.p.A (Ansaldo), an Ansaldo Energia Group company, were awarded a $13.9 million (CDN) contract by Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica S.A. (SNN). The contract involves engineering services for performing condition assessments of systems, structures and components for the Cernavoda Unit 1 CANDU® nuclear reactor in Romania. Completion of this work will form the basis of the scope of refurbishment for the station. This project is a key step for SNN in preparation for the life extension of Cernavoda Unit 1, which will extend its life for another 30 years of efficient operation to produce clean, reliable electricity.

“The condition assessment services award is a great example of our commitment to support SNN throughout this critical preparatory stage as they ramp up for the refurbishment of Unit 1,” said Sandy Taylor, President, Nuclear, SNC-Lavalin. “We have brought the original designers of Cernavoda Unit 1 together through our strategic partnership with Ansaldo, which is key to the success of this project.”

This deal taps our core capabilities and leverages over 60 years of experience supporting CANDU reactors around the world. SNC-Lavalin is the steward and the exclusive licensee of the Canadian CANDU nuclear reactor technology as awarded by the Government of Canada. The nuclear business along with EDPM services are the backbone and key pillars of SNC-Lavalin’s growth business. This contract will financially report under SNCL Engineering Services.

“We are delighted to continue our long-term strategic partnership with SNC-Lavalin and Ansaldo Nucleare, a partnership that has been suppported by the high performance of Cernavoda NPP Units 1 and 2,” said Cosmin Ghita, CEO, SNN. “The condition assessment is a key step towards the successful completion of the refurbishment of Unit 1,  and we are looking forward to putting back into operation 700 MW for an additional life of 30 years.”

“This new important contract awarded by SNN to Ansaldo, our longtime Canadian partner SNC-Lavalin, and reputable supporting local companies, represents for us the natural continuation of related work recently performed for the plant life extension (PLEX) of the Embalse nuclear plant in Argentina,” said Francesco Maestri, CEO, Ansaldo Nucleare.

Cernavoda Unit 1 is a CANDU 6-type reactor and the first CANDU in Europe. Producing 705.6 MW of electricity, this reactor provides about 10 per cent of Romania’s electricity demands. It was commissioned and began commercial full power operation in December 1996. Since a nuclear plant does not emit greenhouse gases that contribute to acid rain and global warming, Unit 1 has avoided the release of more than four million tonnes per year of carbon dioxide (CO2) that would have been produced by a fossil fuel plant.

About SNC-Lavalin Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices around the world, SNC-Lavalin’s employees think beyond engineering. Our teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction management, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients across the EDPM (engineering, design and project management), Infrastructure, Nuclear, and Resources businesses.

About Ansaldo Nuclear

Ansaldo Nuclear Ltd specialises in the design, manufacture, assembly, test, installation and commissioning of customised solutions for the nuclear decommissioning, defence, and nuclear new build markets.

Engineering department capabilities include optioneering,  concept through to detail design, design substantiation, safety case support, peer reviews and feasibility studies, site surveys and reports.

In more than 50 years of experience, Ansaldo Nuclear has developed technical knowledge and expertise that makes the company a reliable industry partner in the nuclear markets.

The experience derived from the design and construction of different nuclear power plants including BWR (e.g. Caorso NPP), PWR (e.g., PUN Plant), CANDU (e.g., Cernavoda Units 1 and 2), FBR (e.g., Superphenix), Passive Safety NPPs (e.g., AP1000) and Fusion Reactors (e.g., ITER) has built up in our company unique competencies, problem solving capabilities and flexibility.

Disciplines covered by our engineers include licensing and safety analyses, shielding and radiation, process systems design, EI&C, nuclear component design, civil structural analysis and integrated layout.  This makes Ansaldo Nucleare a "One  Stop Company" that can provide fully integrated solution to Customer needs.

The company pursues growth opportunities in the three strategic segments of New Build, Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Radioactive Waste Treatment and Services to Operational Nuclear Plants.

Ansaldo Nucleare, together with Ansaldo Nuclear (a UK-based fully owned engineering and construction company), represent the nuclear arm of Ansaldo Energia Group. With more than 600 employees operating in Italy and the UK, fully dedicated to the nuclear market.