BWXT announces nuclear manufacturing plant expansion

April 19, 2024, 9:30AMNuclear News

BWX Technologies announced today plans to expand and add advanced manufacturing equipment to its manufacturing plant in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

A $36.3 million USD ($50M CAD) expansion will increase the plant’s size by 25 percent—to 280,000 square feet—and another $21.7 million USD ($30M CAD) will be spent on new equipment to increase and accelerate its output of large nuclear components. The investment will increase capacity and create more than 200 long-term jobs for skilled workers, engineers, and support staff, according to the company.

BWXT is headquartered in Virginia and has 14 operating sites in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Its joint ventures provide management and operations at a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and NASA facilities.

What they are saying: “Our expansion comes at a time when we’re supporting our customers in the successful execution of some of the largest clean nuclear energy projects in the world,” said John MacQuarrie, president of commercial operations for BWXT. “The global nuclear industry is increasingly being called upon to mitigate the impacts of climate change and increase energy security and independence.

Premier of Ontario Doug Ford said, “We’re thrilled to see BWXT expand its footprint and create hundreds of new jobs in Cambridge. As our province continues to lead the future of nuclear energy, the company’s investment will help provide Ontario families and businesses with access to clean, reliable, and affordable electricity for generations to come.”

Todd Smith, Ontario minister of energy, said, “With shovels in the ground today on new nuclear generation, including the first small modular reactor in the G7, I’m so pleased to see global nuclear manufacturers like BWXT expanding their operations in Cambridge and hiring more Ontario workers. The benefits of Ontario’s nuclear industry reach far beyond the stations at Darlington, Pickering, and Bruce.”

About the project: The BWXT Cambridge expansion project is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2024. Work will be done adjacent to the plant to avoid interruption of ongoing operations. Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2026.

In addition, BWXT’s project and field services business will relocate to a standalone 150,000-square-foot facility in Kitchener, Ontario. That facility will be a state-of-the-art center for training, dynamic learning, and technology development, company officials said.

BWXT is currently supporting nuclear plant life extension projects at Ontario Power Generation and Bruce Power. The company also won the engineering contract in 2023 for the BWRX-300 reactor pressure vessel for the OPG Darlington New Nuclear Project, as well as an engineering contract from TerraPower for the Natrium Demonstration Project underway in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

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