Chalk River Information Bulletin

AECL provides update on NRU Planned Outage Activities

(2014 April 11) The following information bulletin is in accordance with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited's (AECL) ongoing commitment to voluntary public disclosure of events related to the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL).

AECL reports that the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor will enter a planned outage beginning on April 13, 2014 and ending May 13, 2014.  The purpose of the outage is to conduct scheduled inspection and maintenance.  This marks the fourth annual outage for the NRU.  Inspection results to date continue to confirm that the NRU vessel remains fit for service.

In addition to the annual vessel inspection, work is planned during the outage to enhance the reliability and safety of NRU. A dedicated work management outage team has been established to coordinate the activities of suppliers, NRU specialists and supporting departments ensuring the safe and successful execution of the outage.

Facility users and the isotope community have been informed well in advance of this outage and have taken steps to adjust their activities.

The ongoing operations of the NRU allow AECL to continue to produce medical isotopes and provide vital research support to scientists and universities from across Canada and around the world.



Patrick Quinn
Director, Corporate Communications
AECL, 1-866-886-2325