OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 7, 2014) - Natural Resources Canada
The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced the next step in the restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL): the launch of the process to qualify potential suppliers to manage and operate AECL's Nuclear Laboratories, in the context of a Government-owned Contractor-operated (GoCo) model.
A Request for Response Evaluation (RFRE) has been posted on the Government Electronic Tendering Service inviting interested suppliers to demonstrate that they have the experience, expertise and financial capacity necessary to manage a nuclear organization as complex as AECL's Nuclear Laboratories. Should they qualify, suppliers would then be able to engage in detailed consultations with the Government on this opportunity and, ultimately, to submit bids in response to a Request for Proposal.
The health, safety and security of Canadians and the environmental stewardship in all aspects of the nuclear industry remain priorities of the Government of Canada. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Canada's independent nuclear regulator, will continue to regulate all parts of Canada's nuclear industry, including the Nuclear Laboratories during and after the restructuring process.
- Nuclear energy is an important contributor to Canada's low-emissions energy mix - it accounts for about 15 percent of Canada's electricity and more than 50 percent of Ontario's energy supply.
- Canada's nuclear industry generates well over $5 billion in economic activity related to energy production, accounts for approximately $1 billion a year in uranium exports and directly employs more than 30,000 Canadians.
- AECL's Nuclear Laboratories includes seven sites in Canada, the main one being Chalk River Laboratories in eastern Ontario, and employs approximately 3,300 people.
"This is a significant step forward in implementing our plan to engage a private-sector partner in managing the Nuclear Laboratories. We are working to bring private-sector rigour and efficiencies to all aspects of the Nuclear Laboratories. The goal remains to put in place the conditions for Canada's nuclear industry to succeed, while reducing cost and risk for Canadian taxpayers over time."
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
Backgrounder on Restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited : https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/media-room/news-release/2014/15663
The Harper Government Announces New Direction for Nuclear Laboratories: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/media-room/news-release/2013/1773
Public Works and Government Services Canada - AECL Restructuring : https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/search/site/Restructuring%20of%20AECL%27s%20Nuclear%20Laboratories
Follow us on Twitter: @NRCan (http://twitter.com/nrcan)
NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.