Rolls-Royce marks shipment of technology to AECL

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today delivered the final components of a multimillion dollar package of automated handling, transportation and storage technology to Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL), Canada's leading nuclear science and technology Laboratory.

The highly-engineered, automated technology will enable the safe removal and treatment of radioactive fuel, and its transportation to a new, modern storage facility at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories site in Ontario, the base for Canada’s nuclear research facility for nearly 100 years.

During a handover event at the Rolls-Royce nuclear manufacturing facility in Peterborough, Ontario, Dr Neil Alexander, Rolls-Royce, General Manager Civil Nuclear - Canada said:"Rolls-Royce has a nuclear engineering pedigree stretching back well over half a century. We have designed, developed and manufactured a number of mechanical handling systems to address customers’ individual and unique challenges."  

"Such highly-specialized activity has created an industry-leading knowledge and expertise base in Eastern Ontario. This expertise, combined with that of our highly-skilled supply chain, generates significant economic benefits for the region along with high quality career opportunities" he added.

AECL President, Bob Walker said: "All of us at AECL are proud to work in collaboration with companies like Rolls-Royce and its many supply chain partners. Their work in designing and manufacturing sophisticated, automated systems for AECL and the rest of the Canadian nuclear industry is testament to Rolls-Royce and the high quality supply chain we have here in Ontario to support our work."

The Organization of CANDU Industries President Dr Ron Oberth said: "Canada has a fully mobilized and efficient supply chain that has grown and thrived over the past 30 years of continuous work supporting the nuclear industry in Canada and abroad. OCI’s member companies have earned an impeccable reputation for utilising the highest levels of skills and expertise to ensure they meet the demanding standards of the nuclear industry in the safest and most environmentally responsible manner."

Rolls-Royce has a significant nuclear skills base, with a large existing nuclear certified supply chain, and supports a number of key phases of the nuclear program, including providing advice to governments and operators, supply chain management expertise, as well as manufacturing and technical engineering support.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £11.3 billion ($18.2 billion) in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £62.2 billion ($99.9 billion) at 31 December 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 40,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested £908 million ($1.4 billion) on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company's engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
  8. In North America, Rolls-Royce employs more than 9,300 people in 66 locations in 26 states and seven sites in six Canadian provinces.
  9. Rolls-Royce has been involved in the naval nuclear programme since 1959 and has undertaken a number civil nuclear projects in the UK and internationally. Its extensive nuclear experience has been a catalyst for innovative technologies such as the long-life core first used in the Vanguard class submarines.
  10. Rolls-Royce provides nuclear power utility vendors and operators with integrated, long-term solutions and support services spanning the whole reactor lifecycle, from concept design through to obsolescence management and plant life extension. With nuclear expertise including component manufacturing, licensing, project and supply chain management as well as world-class engineering, the company has been a key player in the industry for over 50 years.
  11. Rolls-Royce nuclear facility in Peterborough, Ontario employs 180 people and is accredited to the prestigious ASME-N code of exacting nuclear manufacturing standards.

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