Canadian Nuclear Leaders Gather to Celebrate Construction of Advanced Nuclear Materials Research Center (ANMRC)
AECL and CNL lay foundation for new nuclear research facility
CHALK RIVER, ON, Dec. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are pleased to officially break ground on the new Advanced Nuclear Materials Research Center (ANMRC). will be announced at ) at Chalk River Laboratories. AECL President and CEO Fred Dermarkar and his CNL President and CEO Joe McBrearty celebrated the construction of the new facility with local officials and representatives of his chain of Canadian nuclear supplies.
Scheduled for completion in spring 2028, ANMRC is a state-of-the-art research facility, one of the largest nuclear research facilities ever built in Canada. Once construction is complete, it will serve as the backbone of CNL’s research and development infrastructure. The 10,000-square-meter facility will house 23 laboratories, accommodate 160 employees, and integrate key functions of the aging facility scheduled for decommissioning at the site.
“Atomic Energy of Canada Limited looks to the future. ANMRC is central to our vision to drive nuclear innovation. Nuclear laboratories are delivered not just today, but for decades to come.”
Fred Dermarkar, President and CEO, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
“This exciting new research facility will enable CNL to maintain its position as a global leader in nuclear science and technology well into the future. It gives us the facilities and infrastructure we need to tackle some of the country’s most pressing issues, from climate change to energy security. responsibility and ANMRC is at the heart of this vision.”
Joe McBreaty, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Research Institute
“To tackle climate change and reduce emissions, we need to look at all non-emission energy sources, and this is very necessary to include nuclear energy. Advanced Nuclear Materials Research Center (ANNMRC) is an important step in Canada’s long history as a peaceful user of nuclear energy.The work done here will help usher in a new generation of nuclear technology and ensure the nuclear sector is reliable, safe and cost-effective. We will ensure that it continues to be a highly effective and innovative source of energy and opportunity.”
Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister for Natural Resources
Among other functions, ANMRC is designed to support Canada’s clean energy goals by providing services critical to the life extension and long-term reliability of existing nuclear reactors, including Canada’s CANDU fleet. It has been.® Nuclear power plants and other designs around the world. Notably, as the largest single capital investment in the revitalization of the Chalk River campus, ANMRC will feature 12 new sealed hot cells to enable post-irradiation inspection of small modular reactors (SMRs) and next-generation nuclear fuels . A glovebox facility to support the development of advanced fuel production concepts.
ANMRC is one of a series of new labs, office buildings and support facilities being built at Chalk River Laboratory to revitalize the campus thanks to a $1.2 billion investment from AECL on behalf of the Government of Canada. It’s one. In addition to the ANMRC, a Science Collaboration Center is under construction to serve as the CNL’s central planning and collaboration space. A new two-story industrial support facility and a new site entrance building were recently completed, and several scientific facilities have opened in the last few years, including a new hydrogen lab complex, a new materials lab, and a new tritium lab. it was done. .
Significant investments were also made in improving the infrastructure of the campus. This includes new domestic water and natural gas services, a modern sanitary sewage treatment plant, and systems for more effective stormwater management.
For more information on CNL, including the revitalization of the Chalk River Laboratories campus, please visit: www.cnl.caFor more information on AECL, please visit www.aecl.ca.
AECL is a federal government corporation with the authority to advance Canada’s nuclear opportunities. Working with the Canadian Atomic Energy Laboratory, AECL enables nuclear science and technology and manages the Canadian government’s radioactive waste responsibilities. For more information on AECL, please visit www.aecl.ca.
As Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology laboratory, operating under the direction of AECL, CNL is a world leader in the development of innovative nuclear science and technology products and services. Guided by an ambitious corporate strategy known as Vision 2030, CNL will deliver on three strategic priorities of national importance: restoring and protecting the environment, advancing clean energy technologies, and contributing to Canadian health. doing.
Leveraging assets owned by AECL, CNL also serves as a link between government, the nuclear industry, the broader private sector, and academia. CNL works with these sectors to bring innovative Canadian products and services for real-world use, including carbon-free energy, cancer and other therapies, non-proliferation technologies, and waste management solutions. I am making progress.
For more information on CNL, please visit www.cnl.ca.
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