AECL has traditionally undertaken more than 90% of nuclear-energy research and development in Canada. It develops, markets and manages the construction of CANDU (Canada Deuterium Uranium) power reactors and Maple research reactors (see NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS). With Canadian and international business partners, AECL has designed, engineered and supplied components for the construction of CANDU reactors in Europe, Asia, North and South America.
There are 22 CANDU reactors in Canada which provide 20% of the nation's electricity; 20 of these are in Ontario where they account for 60% of electricity generation. Worldwide, there are a total of 32 CANDU reactors either operating or under construction.
AECL has more than 3500 employees at facilities in Ontario, Québec and Manitoba.
Author TERRENCE J. DOWNEY
Links to Other Sites
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
The official website of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.
Candu: The Canadian Nuclear Reactor
Check out a variety of CBC television and radio segments concerning Canada’s nuclear energy program.
The website for SNC-Lavalin, a company that is active in engineering, construction, project financing and other sectors. Click on "Expertise" for photos of major projects and check out the "News Centre" for the latest developments.
National Research Universal Reactor
The website for the National Research Universal reactor.
Glossary: Nuclear Energy
A bilingual glossary of terms related to nuclear energy. From the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited website.