Canada selects preferred bidder to operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

The Government of Canada has announced the selection of the preferred bidder to manage and operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), a subsidiary of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, which is responsible for implementing the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI). Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA), a group of experienced nuclear engineering firms that includes CH2M Hill, Fluor, SNC-Lavalin, Energy Solutions and Rolls-Royce, was selected in June 2015 through a competitive bid process that followed best practices in fairness and transparency. The procurement is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks with ownership of CNL transferring to CNEA.

CNL will continue to fulfill its mandate under CNEA related to its three core missions: managing Canada’s radioactive waste and decommissioning responsibilities, which includes the PHAI, supporting the federal government through its science and technology capabilities, and providing science and technology access to industry on a commercial basis.

“CNL will continue to meet all of the PHAI’s commitments and requirements under the Legal Agreement, the CNSC licences and the Environmental Assessments for the Port Hope Project and the Port Granby Project,” said Craig Hebert, General Manager, PHAI Management Office.

The announcement is the result of the government-initiated restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), which led to the formation of CNL in November 2014 to enable the implementation of a Government-owned, Contractor-operated (GoCo) model. AECL will remain a small federal Crown Corporation that oversees the GoCo contract and the fulfilment of the Government’s priorities and commitments, including those related to the PHAI.

The government launched the restructuring of AECL’s Nuclear Laboratories to leverage its capabilities and resources while reducing cost and risk for Canadian taxpayers over time.

To learn more about the restructuring of AECL or about CNEA, visit Natural Resources Canada; Public Works and Government Services Canada; Canadian National Energy Alliance.