A Bruce Power supplier partner has shipped its first Shield Plug Assembly in preparation for the Major Component Replacement (MCR) Project, which begins in Unit 6 on Jan. 17, 2020.
Brotech Precision CNC shipped the first Shield Plug Assembly as part of the $20.5 million contract it signed with Bruce Power in 2018, which will see Brotech manufacture 1,028 assemblies per unit, for a total of 6,168 over the life of the six-unit MCR. Brotech has also invested in a facility in Owen Sound to better serve Bruce Power in the coming years, said Jerome Horowitz, Vice President, Brotech Precision CNC.
“We are excited to see the first Shield Plug Assembly shipped to Bruce Power as we quickly approach the start of the Major Component Replacement Project,” Horowitz said. “Our employees take great pride in the quality of their work, and we look forward to helping Bruce Power achieve its goals of being on time and on budget with this project, which is so important to the people of Ontario.”
Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO, said the first shipment of Shield Plug Assemblies is a major milestone for Bruce Power and for Brotech.
“The economic development opportunities that are created in Ontario by extending the life of Bruce Power through 2064, are significant,” Rencheck said. “Every day we get closer to the start of the Unit 6 Major Component Replacement, and it is important to celebrate with our supplier partners as they realize the potential of good-paying jobs and Ontario-made products. We all enjoy success when we work together to build a carbon dioxide-free, low-cost energy future through nuclear power, and I congratulate Brotech on this achievement, and wish them continued success as they expand into Owen Sound and help power Ontario.”
Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil, said the Bruce Power refurbishment is very important for Ontario’s economy.
“We are lucky to have great companies like Brotech in our region to support it,” the MPP said. “I’m also very happy to see the number of machinists that Brotech has been hiring and training. There is a great future for machinists in Ontario – we need to encourage more people to go into that profession.”
In addition to the Shield Plug contract, Brotech was also awarded a two-unit, $5.4 million contract in 2018 to manufacture 1,833 tools, which will be used to remove and replace components of the reactors’ fuel channels.
Brotech was established in 1995 and today serves the Nuclear, Aerospace, Defense, Medical, Oil & Gas and Automotive industries. The company employs over 50 people and its products are exported globally. More information can be found at www.brotechprecisioncnc.com.
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