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Team CANDU

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Team CANDU is a consortium of companies formed in March 2006 under a four-year agreement to promote and build Candu nuclear power stations in Ontario. [1] The members of Team CANDU are Babcock & Wilcox (Canada), General Electric (Canada), Hitachi (Canada), SNC-Lavalin Nuclear and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). [2]

The consortium was formed after a December 2005 report by the Ontario Power Authority estimated that "two-thirds of Ontario's base- load generation will need replacement in the next 15 years."[1]

Examining the Data

According to an International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 2009 dataset in the Power Reactor Information System (PRIS), Canadian nuclear reactors are on average more than 27 years old (as of 1 March 2010). Normally, a nuclear reactor's operating lifetime is 40 to 60 years, which coincides with the 15 year replacement effort. This aging nuclear power complex is also echoed across the world with a vast majority of IAEA monitored reactors built more than 22 years ago.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Team CANDU, "Leading Global Nuclear Suppliers Join Forces to Form "Team CANDU", Media Release, March 27, 2006.
  2. "Team CANDU", accessed September 2007.

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