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AECL to move to "GOCO" model

Posted at 03/01/13 - 11:25 AM

AECL to move to "GOCO" model

Feb 28, 2013 -
"In the coming months, the Government of Canada will engage in a competitive, collaborative procurement process, including a Request for Proposals, for the management and operation of AECL’s Nuclear Laboratories. The Government is seeking to implement a Government-owned, Contractor-operated (GoCo) model, as is done in other jurisdictions, such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

"Under the new management model, the Laboratories will focus on three key objectives:

"Managing its radioactive waste and decommissioning responsibilities accumulated during the more than 60 years of nuclear research and development at Chalk River and at Whiteshell Laboratories.

"Ensuring that Canada's world-class nuclear science and technology capabilities and knowledge continue to support the federal government in its nuclear roles and responsibilities — from health protection and public safety to security and environmental protection.

"Providing access to industry to address its need for in-depth nuclear science and technology expertise.This will include ongoing access to the Laboratories, at fair market rates that ensure cost recovery, for owners and operators of CANDU reactors as well as the CANDU and broader nuclear supply chain in Canada."

http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/media-room/news-releases/2013/6891


"The Government is still assessing the value of investing federal tax dollars in longer-term nuclear innovation. Over the coming months, the Government will work to understand the potential business case for a forward-looking, industry-driven nuclear innovation agenda."

http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/media-room/news-releases/2013/6890


Local coverage:

http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/2013/03/02/feds-move-to-privatize-management-of-aecl

http://www.northrenfrewtimes.com/aecl-to-move-to-go-co-model/

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