Amec Foster Wheeler works out six-year services deal with Bruce Power

Amec Foster Wheeler said Jan. 14 that it has been awarded a six-year Strategic Supplier Master Services Agreement with Bruce Power in Canada for the provision of an extensive range of engineering and project management services.

This agreement will enable Amec Foster Wheeler to continue the expansion of its support to Bruce Power, the operator of a major nuclear plant in Ontario. Amec Foster Wheeler will help Bruce Power achieve success in its focus on planning and executing Major Component Replacement Outages and executing a wide-ranging asset management campaign, all aligned to support Ontario’s long term energy plan.

Bruce Power is Canada’s first private nuclear generator, providing 30% of Ontario’s power. Its eight units provide over 4,000 full-time, direct jobs to highly skilled employees, and thousands more indirectly.

“We are pleased to extend our support for Bruce Power as we continue our work at this exciting and pivotal time for the Canadian nuclear industry. This agreement positions Amec Foster Wheeler for success in achieving our vision of being recognised as an essential trusted partner to our clients and the nuclear industry,” said Simon Naylor, Group President Americas.

“We look forward to building on our already strong relationship with Amec Foster Wheeler with a goal of continuing to be a key source of Ontario’s electricity supporting the economy while creating and sustaining jobs. Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan is counting on Bruce Power’s eight units to help power the province for decades to come, and this means clean, affordable and reliable electricity for families and businesses along with ongoing positive economic impacts. Both Bruce Power and Amec Foster Wheeler look forward to continuing to forge a strong relationship while delivering safe, reliable nuclear power to Ontario,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO of Bruce Power.

Amec Foster Wheeler has some 3,000 nuclear specialists and has been a primary supplier to Bruce Power for 13 years, providing key support in engineering and operational analysis including support for the Bruce Units 1 & 2 Refurbishment project.

Amex Foster Wheeler operates across the whole of the oil and gas industry – from production through to refining, processing and distribution of derivative products – and in the mining, clean energy, power generation, pharma, environment and infrastructure markets. Its shares are publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange and its American Depositary Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Both trade under the ticker AMFW.

Bruce Power wraps up eventful year in 2015

Bruce Power said in a Dec. 21 statement that it is on track to produce over 30%of Ontario’s power at 30% below the residential price of electricity, all while setting records for output from its Bruce A and B stations, which are some of the top-performing plants in the world. This performance was recognized on Dec. 3 when Bruce Power and the Ontario government announced a long-term agreement to refurbish Units 3-8, that will see the site operate until 2064.

Highlights for Bruce Power from 2015 include:

  • On Dec. 3, Bruce Power and the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) announced an amended, long-term agreement to secure 6,300 MW from the Bruce Power site, through a multi-year, C$13 billion investment program. Bruce Power will begin main component replacement on Units 3-8 in 2020, starting in Unit 6. 
  • Bruce A and Bruce B were on track as of Dec. 21 to set records for electricity output in 2015, all while providing the province with 2,400 MW of flexible generation, reducing output as demand across Ontario fluctuates.
  • Bruce Power completed an extensive planned maintenance outage program in 2015, investing about C$400 million in private money into these publicly-owned assets.
  • Bruce Power received a five-year operating licence extension from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
  • Bruce A received three Fully Satisfactory and 12 Satisfactory grades while Bruce B received four Fully Satisfactory grades and 11 Satisfactory, in the annual CNSC safety report cards.  

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility. 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 Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.