June 26, 2015 08:55 ET

Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA) Announced as Preferred Bidder to Manage and Operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - Jun 26, 2015) -  Today, the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced that the Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA) has been selected by the Government of Canada as the preferred bidder to manage and operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), currently a subsidiary of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). 

This announcement sets in motion the final steps in the restructuring of AECL. CNEA will assist the Government of Canada in bringing our private sector rigour and efficiency to CNL, while enhancing the strong CNL brand, reducing risks and containing costs for taxpayers.

The CNEA consortium brings together some of the world's most experienced nuclear engineering and management firms, including: CH2M, Fluor, EnergySolutions and SNC-Lavalin with Rolls-Royce in a supporting role to CNEA.

CNEA was selected as the preferred bidder through a rigorous, comprehensive and competitive procurement process that followed best practices in fairness and transparency. The Government of Canada and CNEA will finalize the contract over the next few months.

CNEA brings international site management, operations, decommissioning, and waste management experience to support the government of Canada's three key missions. Mark Lesinski, CNEA President and Chief Executive, welcomed the decision: "We are pleased that the Government of Canada is confident in our team's ability to successfully and safely transform the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and secure Canada's role in the global nuclear marketplace. CNEA brings a successful track record and extensive nuclear experience that will bring enormous benefits to the decommissioning and clean-up program, and in ensuring that Canada's world-class nuclear science and technology capabilities continue to grow and are recognized globally."

"CNEA looks forward to working with the Government of Canada, AECL, CNL, and the local communities to carry forward the missions, and meet commitments to CNL customers while focusing on safety and building a sustainable future for the CNL and its communities," added Mark Lesinski.

Background on Consortium Member Companies:

CH2M has been the program manager and transformational leader on some of the world's most challenging jobs, including 7 major US DOE nuclear projects, the 2012 London Olympics, and the Thames Tideway Tunnels program. Performance on these and other programs has facilitated CH2M's ranking as the Number 1 Program Management firm since 2004 by Engineering New-Record. CH2M delivers multi-billion dollar nuclear programs and legacy liabilities management projects consistently on or ahead of schedule and under budget, providing best value for our clients and taxpayers.

Fluor is one of the world's largest publicly traded engineering, procurement, construction, and project-management companies. For 70 of the company's 100-year history, Fluor has provided a full suite of business, engineering and technical services for managing multifaceted nuclear projects and operations, both government and private. Able to reach back to 40,000 employees worldwide with specialty expertise in over 1,000 scientific and technical disciplines, Fluor's hallmarks are safe, on-time, on-budget delivery to every customer, every time -- regardless of project location or complexity. Fluor has a demonstrated track record in reducing mission risk, optimizing return on investment, and implementing transformational change in large organizations and laboratory operations.

EnergySolutions is an international nuclear services company with operations in Canada, the United States, the Europe and Asia. With more than 2,500 world-class professionals, EnergySolutions is a global leader in the safe recycling, processing and disposal of nuclear material. We provide integrated nuclear services and solutions which include decommissioning, site restoration, processing of nuclear material, transportation and logistics and disposal.

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From its offices in over 40 countries, Canadian-based SNC-Lavalin provides EPC and EPCM services to clients in a variety of industry sectors. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary (Candu Energy), SNC-Lavalin holds the exclusive license to CANDU technology and the experience to further the science and technology mission of Canada's nuclear laboratory. SNC-Lavalin also has experience with the acquisition of Commercial Operations of AECL. Candu Energy is the largest purchaser of commercial services from AECL.

Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Canada Ltd. is a 100% nuclear equipment design and supply company. Our projects cover the full life cycle of a typical nuclear power plant from new build, inspection, maintenance, refurbishment, decommissioning and waste handling. Since 1974, we have provided engineering and manufacturing support to local, US and International clients and are still actively involved in major Canadian, DOE and US New Build projects. Our commitment to the nuclear industry is demonstrated by our multi-tiered Quality Assurance Program that addresses the needs of the most demanding nuclear
codes and standards that include CSA Z299.2., CSA Z299.3, ASME Section III (including NQA-1), ASME N, NPT, NS and U Stamps as well as 10CFR50 Appendix B.