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November 23, 2022

Port Granby Project Designated Project of the Year

The Port Granby Project has been identified as the 2022 Ontario Professional Engineers Awards Project of the Year. As part of one of the largest environmental remediation initiatives in Canada, the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) led project was submitted for consideration by the contractor, AECOM. The Port Granby Project is a component of the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) and was recognized for its leading-edge design and execution.

The Ontario Professional Engineers Award for Engineering Project or Achievement pays tribute to an endeavour that has made a significant and positive impact on society and or industry, with input by Ontario engineers. The implementation of this innovative CNL project was supported by many professional engineers from across the province.

David Wilson, AECOM and Brian Daniels, WSP accept the Project of the Year award. Photo credit @taranoellephoto

This Port Granby Project involved the safe relocation of 1.3 million tonnes of low-level radioactive waste from a site located on the shores of Lake Ontario to a newly constructed engineered aboveground mound at the Port Granby Long-Term Waste Management Facility. The mound is designed to isolate the waste from the environment using a multi-layered baseliner and cover system. CNL is implementing the PHAI on behalf of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), a federal Crown corporation.

“The completion of the Port Granby Project is the most significant PHAI milestone that we have collectively achieved to date. The successful conclusion of this project is an example of CNL’s capacity to provide a sound solution to long-standing environmental issues,” says Mark Hughey, CNL General Manager for the PHAI.

Hughey attributes the success to the management and staff of the primary contractor – Wood Environmental and Infrastructure Solutions; and key members of AECOM, the design consultant for this project, in addition to CNL project staff.

L-R: Marc Chabot – WSP, Mark Hughey – CNL, Allan McMurray – CNL, David Wilson – AECOM, Blair Greenly – AECOM, Rahul Swarnkar – WSP, David Cole – WSP, Brian Daniels – WSP

Joe Sczurko, Executive President of Wood’s Environmental & Infrastructure Consulting business, says: “As a proud and trusted partner of CNL for the past 30 years, we have leveraged our combined technical consulting, engineering, construction, remediation, and program management services to help solve complex challenges. The work at Port Granby represents a critical achievement for our client in its efforts to protect human health and the environment. It is work like this, and what we continue to do for CNL, that underscores our deeply held commitment to create sustainable communities by restoring environments that are cleaner and more resilient.  We are honored to be part of the team and to collaborate with our partners for this OSPE award.”

For 75 years, the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OSPE) have recognized professional engineers who make an outstanding contribution to their profession. The awards are an opportunity to celebrate engineering excellence, and the contributions the engineering profession makes to society.

CNL is pleased to work with engineers at various levels throughout the implementation of PHAI projects. “The Port Granby Project is an example of taking responsibility for Canada’s waste liabilities and is work that will see benefits to future generations for years to come,” added Hughey.

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