MDA to help with inspection of Bruce Power nuclear reactor

RICHMOND, BC, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ – MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that it has signed a CA$2.2 million contract with Bruce Power, an Ontario-based nuclear operator, to help develop inspection and maintenance technologies as part of the design phase of the Bruce Reactor Inspection and Maintenance System (BRIMS).

The objective behind BRIMS is to significantly reduce the durations of nuclear reactor outages by improving the inspection and maintenance technologies used in these difficult environments, which can only be accessed by use of robotics.

“We have been selected to help improve inspection technologies, based on the sound engineering and safety disciplines we have honed through many years of working on space robotics solutions,” said Don Osborne, who heads up MDA’s robotics business in Brampton.

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA’s well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,500 employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

The Company’s common shares trade under the symbol TSX:MDA.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power is the world’s largest operating nuclear facility and is the source of nearly a third of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Cameco, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s 4,000 employees are also owners in the business.