Archive for the ‘Canada’ Category

October 4, 2013 | 5:36 pm

Pandora’s Promise Screening Draws Wide Audience in Saskatoon

By Jarret Adams, VP Communications, AREVA Resources Canada

Pandora's Promise

Following a successful debut at the Sundance Film Festival and screenings across the United States and in larger Canadian centers, Pandora’s Promise premiered in Saskatoon at the Roxy Theatre on Oct. 1. Showing to a near-full capacity crowd, the documentary provided a compelling conversation about nuclear power, climate change and how we can responsibly power our world. After the film, a panel debated the merits of nuclear energy in Canada and internationally.

The documentary, by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Robert Stone, tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists, including Stewart Brand, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger, and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process.

The film also considers the critical role that nuclear energy can play in helping fight climate change, because, it bears mention once more, that nuclear power plants generate electricity without producing greenhouse gases.

The panel after the film featured two nuclear supporters Heather Kleb, president of the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA); and Ron Oberth, president of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI); and two antinuclear activists, Jim Harding, author and retired University of Regina professor; and David Gary, author and boardmember of Clean Green Saskatchewan.

In her opening remarks, the CNA’s Kleb explained Canada’s nuclear energy sector has “over 40 years of safe operations. No member of the public has ever been harmed by activities at one of our facilities. We are actually known around the world for our safety record.”

“We produce virtually no greenhouse gases and therefore do not contribute to the production of smog, or climate change,” Kleb said. “We produce power around the clock – we reliably provide 24/7 baseload power.
OCI’s Oberth cited the success of nuclear energy in Ontario. “Because nuclear energy produces more than 50 percent of Ontario’s electricity, per capita emissions are 80 grams/kilowatt-hour, which is among the lowest of any area in the developed world,” Oberth said.

Many AREVA and Cameco employees as well as many other Saskatoon area residents attended the Oct.1 event; another screening at the Roxy Theatre is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 7 pm.

Scott Larson of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix recently spoke with director Robert Stone and published a transcript of their discussion.

We encourage you to go see the movie, and join in the clean air energy discussion.

November 5, 2012 | 12:42 pm

Helen Caldicott Stays One Step Ahead of the Facts

By Jarret Adams, AREVA Resources Canada

Michael Aynsley, News Talk Radio CJME

During her most recent visit to Saskatoon last week, Helen Caldicott managed to stay one step ahead of anyone who knows the facts about nuclear energy. A well-known antinuclear activist, Dr. Caldicott is also well known for making outrageous statements about the nuclear energy industry that do not withstand scrutiny. While in Saskatchewan, she focused her attention on the uranium mining sector – since it supplies 18 percent of the world’s uranium.
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September 25, 2012 | 5:38 pm

A Double Donation for the Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital Foundation

AREVA donated $10,000 to the Cameco-MBC Radio-A-Thon for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan on September 21, 2012. By donating during this radio-a-thon, AREVA’s gift has double the impact, as Cameco matched all gifts that day.

With nine AREVA facilities in 6 Canadian cities and three provinces, community involvement is a key focus of AREVA’s 10 Commitments to Sustainable Development. These commitments guide the company in achieving growth that is not only profitable, but also socially responsible and respectful of the environment.

AREVA’s corporate giving strategy was developed with these Sustainable Development commitments in mind and in such a way as to achieve maximum impact to both the community and corporate goals by focusing on three key areas: education, culture and environment, and human service programs. Our active involvement in these areas ensures support and opportunities for employee volunteers and contributions to help improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.

We are pleased to support the work of the Children’s Hospital Foundation in building a state-of-the art children’s hospital in Saskatchewan. The Radio-a-thon raised more than $545,000 and construction of the hospital is planned to start in 2014.

May 2, 2012 | 4:39 pm

ATMEA1 Technology Also Under Preliminary Review in Canada

Following an extensive two-year evaluation, the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has selected two finalists to build the first nuclear reactor in Jordan.

JAEC has selected the ATMEA1 technology, developed by a joint venture comprising AREVA Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) known as ATMEA.

This decision represents a significant milestone in the technological development of ATMEA 1, a new world-class model of 1,100 MWe nuclear power reactor.

During the next phase, JAEC will continue discussions with two qualified bidders, including AREVA-MHI-ATMEA.

In Canada, the ATMEA1 technology is undergoing pre-project design review with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The ATMEA1 has been proposed for the New Brunswick Clean Energy Park and is available for consideration for the Ontario new reactor project.

The French Safety Authority (ASN) recently issued a favourable statement on the ATMEA1 reactor’s safety options.

Click here for more on the ATMEA1 reactor.

April 20, 2012 | 3:06 pm

AREVA Praises Canadian Government Plan for Oversight Reform

AREVA commended the Harper Government for its plan presented this week to reform oversight of proposed natural resource projects that would improve project economics and spur new investments in Canada. The federal government plan would streamline review of proposed projects, and has received broad support from industry in Canada. The plan was announced by Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver on April 17 at an industrial facility outside Toronto.

“The Harper Government’s plan for Responsible Resource Development will create good, skilled, well-paying jobs in cities and communities across Canada, while maintaining the highest possible standards for protecting the environment,” said Minister Oliver. “It will help prevent the long delays in reviewing major economic projects that kill potential jobs and stall economic growth by putting valuable investment at risk.”

In an article in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, AREVA praised the federal government initiative:

“Reforms such as these certainly weigh into our considerations as we contemplate whether to make new investments in Canada,” said Jarret Adams, AREVA’s communications manager in Saskatoon.

“We certainly view this in a positive light,” he said. “We appreciate the government’s initiative to make regulatory review more predictable and efficient for proposed new projects.”

Read the rest of the article.

March 30, 2012 | 7:43 pm

AREVA Supports Calls for Regulatory Reforms in Canada

AREVA voiced its support for reforms to regulatory processes for energy and mining projects as outlined in the proposed Federal budget announced yesterday. AREVA echoed calls from the Canadian nuclear energy and mining industries that lauded the proposals included in the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2012 proposed March 29.  In fact, the budget specifically cites an AREVA Resources Canada project under review:

AREVA Resources Canada has proposed the construction and operation of a uranium mine and mining facilities in northern Saskatchewan, with capital investment of up to $400 million and up to 200 construction jobs. There was a 19-month delay in starting the environmental assessment. The federal lead department changed midway through the environmental review, which added unnecessary complexity.
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March 14, 2012 | 10:25 am

Now is the Time for Canada to Invest in Nuclear Energy

By Jean-François Béland
Executive Vice-President, AREVA Canada

During the year that has passed since the earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, many have questioned the future of nuclear energy in nations around the world. While a few nations have decided in the wake of Fukushima to move abruptly away from nuclear energy, many others have taken this opportunity to take a long hard look at this technology and have moved forcefully ahead.

Driven largely by internal political concerns, Germany declared it will gradually shutter its nuclear plants, opting instead to depend more on fossil fuels (domestic brown coal and imported Russian gas) and more renewables. But for the near term, Germans can expect higher electricity prices, more carbon emissions and imports of nuclear-produced electricity from France.
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February 24, 2012 | 1:22 pm

Nuclear Industry Execs See Opportunity in Canada

Executives from the nuclear energy industry expressed optimism regarding business opportunities in Canada this week at the Canadian Nuclear Association’s (CNA) annual conference in Ottawa. Despite the concerns raised following the events at Fukushima, industry leaders see strong prospects for business in Canada.

“While other jurisdictions may be scaling back their nuclear energy commitment because of Fukushima, we are not,” said Tom Mitchell, president and CEO of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), according to an article in the Ottawa Citizen. Mitchell pointed out the events of last year have presented the industry with “a great opportunity.”
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January 19, 2012 | 10:57 am

“Nuclear Power as a Foundation for a Sustainable Energy Future”

We liked this article from Denise Carpenter, the President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association, as a guest blogger on the Canadian Energy Association webiste. She makes the case that Canadians want energy security, energy jobs, and affordable safe and reliable energy power, and that nuclear energy needs to be a central part of any national solution.

Here in Canada, we have 17 operational CANDU reactors that supply 15% of all electricity in Canada and over 50% in Ontario. The Ontario Government’s Long-Term Energy Plan sees this role continuing, calling for the addition of two new units and for the mid-life refurbishment of ten existing reactors in the province. Nuclear units are also installed in New Brunswick (where a mid-life refurbishment is nearing completion) and in Quebec (where a refurbishment decision is due in the near future)… Refurbishing these nuclear units is one of the most effective ways to use public dollars to reduce carbon emissions, maintain generating capacity, and create jobs.

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September 13, 2010 | 3:47 pm

Special Coverage of the 21st World Energy Congress

The AREVA North America Next Energy Blog will provide special on-the-ground coverage with live blogging from AREVA representatives and others at the 21st World Energy Congress in Montreal this week. Posts will include updates from Montreal, a focus on energy issues for the host country Canada, a feature on AREVA CEO Anne Lauvergeon as a keynote speaker, and what role AREVA has to play in creating a sustainable energy future.

Every three years, the international energy community assembles for a world congress. The event will bring together more than 3,500 top world leaders in the all energy fields, including major players from industry, governments, and international organization, as well as media, universities, and energy industry associations.

The event is put together by the World Energy Council (WEC), an international organization that includes all forms of energy, such as coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro and renewables. Its members hail from nearly 100 countries, including the world’s largest energy consumers and producers.

The mission of WEC is “to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all people.”

Stay tuned here for updates throughout the week.